Sunday, May 19, 2024

Curb immigration to preserve 'pure, unadulterated Anglo-Saxon Stock'

On May 15, 1924, Congress passed the Johnson-Reed Act, which would constrain immigration into the United States to preserve, in Smith’s words, America’s “pure, unadulterated Anglo-Saxon stock.”

How much has the view of immigration changed in the last 100 years: At a rally in December, former president Donald Trump went as far as to say that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country.”

How does this rhetoric differ from the "pure Aryan blood"?

According to Eduardo Porter in the Washington Post,  Smith continued “It is for the preservation of that splendid stock that has characterized us that I would make this not an asylum for the oppressed of all countries,” Smith said America not 40 years after the Statue of Liberty was erected in New York harbor, with its open arms for all humankind. Immigration, Smith noted, should be shaped “to assimilate and perfect that splendid type of manhood that has made America the foremost Nation in her progress and in her power.”

I am not of pure, unadulterated Anglo-Saxon stock--are you? If not of Anglo-Saxon stock are you, and me, poisoning "our country's blood."

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