We all know that America has an infamous past when it comes to anyone or anything entering this nation including contrasting middle America’s view on what this country is suppose to look like. Like middle America, the lineage of leaders for America have often turned a blind eye and sometimes even participated in the wrongdoings to minorities. This travel ban concept that 45 has implemented is far from an original idea. Unfortunately, he is not the first chief executive to deny entry into this country to a select group of individuals. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to enlighten and refresh some forgotten memories…
President Arthur 1882: Chinese Exclusion Act
In 1882 Congress passed an act that banned Chinese immigration to America. This act was put into place because the United States thought of the Chinese as a threat. The act was intended to last for 10 years but was renewed in 1892. That act remained in place for over 60 years.
Passed by Congress opposed President Truman 1950: The Internal Security Act of 1950
Congress passed this act on August 23, 1950, which made it possible to deport any immigrants believed to be affiliated with the communist party. President at the time Harry Truman stated his opposition to this act saying that it would make a mockery of our Bill of Rights. In 1993 some sections of the act were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, however, some parts of the act still remain today.
President Jimmy Carter: Iranian Hostage Crisis 1980
After the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 where 52 Americas were held, hostage for 444 days. President Carter cut diplomatic relations with and imposed sanctions on Iran. After that he banned Iranians.
These are not all the cases in American history of bans from immigrants. To learn more about this topic, please do your research to educate yourself.
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