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loyalsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-11-06 06:48 AM
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2. We've been here before
This was when we "legitimized" eugenics and racism based on presumed biological differences. Eugenics started with disability, then went to immigration policy, and finally to citizens who were not white. There were mass forced sterilizations, immigration restrictions, and marriage restrictions.
Let's not forget this history and the roads they travelled.


"Congress passed America's first naturalization law in 1790. It limited the privilege of US citizenship to "free white persons." About a century later, immigration laws began to restrict who could enter the country. The 1882 Act to Regulate Immigration prohibited entry to "any person unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge". The law was designed to exclude immigrants whose undesirable conditions might prove costly to society including convicted criminals, the poor, and the mentally ill. In that same year, the Chinese Exclusion Act was the first measure to specifically target immigrants by race or ethnicity.

In the 1890's the federal government assumed sole jurisdiction to monitor immigration, a task that had previously been delegated by contract to states with port cities. The government built a depot on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, through which all immigrants were to be processed. Outbreaks of smallpox, typhus and cholera in New York between 1882 and 1892, heightened concern about the possibility of alien contagion prompted the adoption of individual health inspections for each arriving immigrant especially for the contagious eye disease trachoma."

http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/html/eugenics/essay9text...
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