Senator Kennedy, speaking of the effects of the act, said, “…our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually…. Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset….”. The act’s supporters not only claimed the law would not change America’s ethnic makeup, but that such a change was not desirable.
On October 3, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation into law saying, “This [old] system violates the basic principle of American democracy, the principle that values and rewards each man on the basis of his merit as a man. It has been un-American in the highest sense, because it has been untrue to the faith that brought thousands to these shores even before we were a country.”
However, in all truth and reality immigration changed America’s demographics, opening the doors to immigrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The Latin American population has also dramatically increased since 1965, though this was more due to the various unexpected results of this act rather than due to this act itself (it is worth noting that this act introduced immigration quotas to Latin America, whereas there were previously no immigration quotas) from the Western Hemisphere.
By the 1990s, America’s population growth was more than one-third driven by legal immigration and substantially augmented by illegal immigration, primarily from Latin America and other parts of the developing world. Before passage of the Hart-Celler Act, immigration accounted for only ten percent of population increase in the U.S. Ethnic and racial minorities, as defined by the US Census Bureau, rose from 25 percent of the US population during the year 1990 to 30 percent in the year 2000 and to 36.6 percent as measured by the results from the 2010 census.
So here is our question: — 10 percent total population increase by immigration is sufficient. What the previous statement said was this: — that after the passage of the Hart-Celler Act immigration rose from 25 percent of the US population during the years 1965 to 1990; furthermore immigration again increased 10 percent from 1990 to 2000 with additional 6.6 percent as measured by the US Census of 2010.
If you have noticed the majority of immigration to the United States has been primarily by surges; moreover, surges that have accompanied the United States war machine. In truth the greatest times of legal immigration, which for some reason inspires those given to illegal immigration, happen normally within five to eight years after a war or military conflict that the USA has engaged upon.(See below.)
So if we look critically at the mindset of every administration – it ostensibly looks to be like a good faith gesture to delve into this Migration and Refugee Assistance Act – the sooner the better. Although President Eisenhower did not approve of Latin (or Mexican) immigration, he nonetheless allowed millions of those from war torn Europe to be allowed to enter the USA. President Kennedy did not like the quota system because he felt it was unfair, and President Johnson followed in solidified footprints to see to it that not only the quota system was demolished but the Voting Rights Act (written by JFK) was passed as well.
Presidents Nixon and Ford granted more visas and jobs and refugee status to more Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese than any two other presidents combined. And then there was President Jimmy Carter and we are not aware of his actions.
President Reagan took and ended office by declaring amnesty that was not policed. Most of our readers have been alive since Presidents Bush the Elder, Clinton, and Bush the Younger, and this madman in the White House now who is threatening not only a political party but the people of this country the amnesty of perhaps 11 million more illegal immigrants.