Illegal Immigration, DACA, Focus on Policy First
Starting off this short info-message, I think it’s fair to say that the United States of America has had no real Immigration Policy from the beginning. It should be noted here that immigration during the earliest years of being a nation was done on what we now would refer to illegal immigration.
It is important to understand that at various times in US history, immigrants were encouraged to come to America. Moreover, and this should not be understated, that within 1 to 2 years 750,000 upwards of 5 to 7 million people immigrated to America and they were given nothing – not even a travel expense or especially any sort of entitlement. The unique times were referred to as waves of immigration.
A major wave of immigration occurred from around 1815 to 1865. Most of these newcomers hailed from Northern and Western Europe. Approximately one-third came from Ireland, which experienced a massive famine in the mid-19th century. In the 1840s, almost half of America’s immigrants were from Ireland alone. Typically, impoverished, these Irish immigrants settled near their point of arrival in cities along the East Coast. Between 1820 and 1930, some 4.5 million Irish migrated to the United States.
Please understand that ships from Ireland literally made it, at times a 2-week sojourn, and before clearing anything the men were drafted into the Union Army, and at no volunteerism of their own. Immediate family members such as a wife with children were gathered up and taken to a “common area” where they could clean up and eat.
Also in the 19th century, the United States received some 5 million German immigrants. Many of them journeyed to the present-day Midwest to buy farms or congregated in such cities as Milwaukee, St. Louis and Cincinnati. In the national census of 2000, more Americans claimed German ancestry than any other group.
Immigration plummeted during the global depression of the 1930s and World War II (1939-1945). Between 1930 and 1950, America’s foreign-born population decreased from 14.2 to 10.3 million, or from 11.6 to 6.9 percent of the total population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. After the war, Congress passed special legislation enabling refugees from Europe and the Soviet Union to enter the United States. Following the communist revolution in Cuba in 1959, hundreds of thousands of refugees from that island nation also gained admittance to the United States.
In 1965, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, which did away with quotas based on nationality and allowed Americans to sponsor relatives from their countries of origin. Because of this act and subsequent legislation, the nation experienced a shift in immigration patterns. Today, most U.S. immigrants come from Asia and Latin America rather than Europe.
The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act was a clear step of advancing the 1952 (McCarran and Hart) earlier policy. Advancing from 1952 until 1965 there are reasons that every American should be made aware of whether it is accepted – liked or not.
The machinations should really be looked at as a President John F. Kennedy, US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy’s role in advancing their roles within the government. All one needs to do is look at the dates 1959-1965 and ponder the Vietnam War, as well as the civil rights of the oppressed already living in the USA. The “quotas” mentioned earlier was in this author’s best judgment was for the mainstream media and opening some rights of immigration to those who were from nation’s that didn’t have the means to procure the price of shipping. Reviewing the Census and other means, these nations were from Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa.
In the finale, doesn’t it make sense, with perfectly sound wisdom to make a policy first before adding on to a non-policy?