You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #2: We've been here before [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
loyalsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-11-06 05:48 AM
Response to Original message
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."
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
  -Another reason to stop illegal immigration: Health risks silverojo  Apr-11-06 04:46 AM   #0 
  - This has got to make people who had family come in at Ellis Is. wild  izzie   Apr-11-06 05:25 AM   #1 
  - People not thinking about their kids  kurth   Apr-11-06 06:36 AM   #5 
  - Yes, health testing was done at Ellis Island.  Bridget Burke   Apr-11-06 02:44 PM   #17 
  - We've been here before  loyalsister   Apr-11-06 05:48 AM   #2 
  - HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!  Joanne98   Apr-11-06 03:47 PM   #23 
     - Nobody ever said that  prolesunited   Apr-11-06 05:20 PM   #29 
  - More xenophobia........  bowens43   Apr-11-06 06:21 AM   #3 
  - And immigrants are NEVER greedy. They just come here to help!  Joanne98   Apr-11-06 03:48 PM   #24 
  - This sounds like my grandmother: stay away from black people!  greekspeak   Apr-11-06 06:35 AM   #4 
  - Truth in Advertising: About "FAIR"  mcscajun   Apr-11-06 07:51 AM   #6 
  - We've seen quite a few "FAIR" articles...  Bridget Burke   Apr-11-06 02:38 PM   #15 
     - "drivel fans"  mcscajun   Apr-11-06 02:56 PM   #19 
  - This is already going on -  lynne   Apr-11-06 08:15 AM   #7 
  - Cooties  prolesunited   Apr-11-06 08:50 AM   #8 
  - And spicy food!  NoPasaran   Apr-11-06 02:45 PM   #18 
  - Maybe you should go to their countries and find out?  Joanne98   Apr-11-06 03:50 PM   #25 
     - I was just in Mexico in November  prolesunited   Apr-11-06 05:17 PM   #28 
  - Many "native-born" American children haven't had immunization.  mcscajun   Apr-11-06 08:52 AM   #9 
  - What you've posted  cali   Apr-11-06 08:55 AM   #10 
  - HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!  Joanne98   Apr-11-06 03:51 PM   #26 
  - How about actual facts?  prolesunited   Apr-11-06 09:12 AM   #11 
     - The school requires immunization -  lynne   Apr-11-06 06:47 PM   #31 
  - Illegals have been here for years and years, where is the disease outbreak  Mountainman   Apr-11-06 09:21 AM   #12 
  - Source  Brigid   Apr-11-06 01:54 PM   #13 
  - Exactly right! See my reply #6 on the source. n/t  mcscajun   Apr-11-06 02:21 PM   #14 
  - People from third world countries don't have diseases  Joanne98   Apr-11-06 03:54 PM   #27 
  - As has been pointed out, your source is not trustworthy.  Bridget Burke   Apr-11-06 02:41 PM   #16 
  - tourists & legal immigrants carry diseases too.  1932   Apr-11-06 03:02 PM   #20 
  - As the beautiful & brilliant Lucy Van Pelt says...  displacedtexan   Apr-11-06 03:34 PM   #21 
  - I personally knew, three young white children who contracted  Joanne98   Apr-11-06 03:41 PM   #22 
  - That anecdotal information proves nothing  prolesunited   Apr-11-06 05:36 PM   #30 
  - No health insurance  KT2000   Apr-11-06 07:35 PM   #32 

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC