Originally posted by KazetNagorra to Suzianne
It's no surprise that gullible people like whodey fall hook, line and sinker for the Trump meme that the US, which has historically extremely strict immigration policies and tight borders (far stricter than say, during the time when whodey's ancestors migrated to the US), somehow has "open borders."
The migrants who came through Ellis Isl ...[text shortened]... up their guts. 98% of them were let into the US. No "extreme vetting" going on there, for sure.
White people like to embrace white European immigrants' experiences as representing all immigrants.
US immigration policy was very permissive toward white European immigrants coming through Ellis Island.
But it was much more restrictive toward Asian immigrants coming through Angel Island (California).
US immigration policy remained deeply racist until (at least) 1965.
In 1882 the US government enacted the Chinese Exclusion Act, banning all Chinese
except diplomats, merchants (who brought money), and students from entering the USA.
Chinese immigrants were barred from becoming naturalized US citizens. Indeed, the
US government argued that ethnic Chinese who were *born in the USA* should *not*
be considered US citizens, but the US government was overruled by the Supreme Court
in the case of the US v Wong Kim Ark. During the Second World War, Japanese
propaganda attempted to appeal to the Chinese by arguing that the Americans were
extremely racist against the Chinese (ignoring the fact that the Japanese were even
more racist). So, as a wartime expedient, the Chinese Exclusion Act was repealed in
December 1943. The US government set a (token) quota of 105 Chinese legal immigrants
per year. Given China's estimated population, that meant that a Chinese person had a
much less than a one in a million chance per year of becoming a legal immigrant to the USA.
Despite all these facts, from the middle of the 19th century onward, there was thriving
racist paranoia in many parts (particularly California) of the USA that the Chinese 'hordes'
(Yellow Peril) would soon overrun and ruin white American society. Chinese 'cheap labor'
(Chinese tended to get paid much less than whites for doing the same work) was supposed
to take jobs away from hard-working white men. Chinese men were stereotyped as
dangerous opium-addicted sexual predators, who were inclined to abduct and ravish
innocent young white women, forcing them into lives of prostitution and drug addiction.
Some American politician built their careers upon inflaming anti-Chinese racism.