His words do not apply to about 40% of the nation:
- Not to Native Americans who were wiped out or driven west.
- Nor to Black Americans who arrived in chains.
- Nor to Chinese Americans who were killed or driven out of the western US in the late 1800s.
- Nor to Mexican Americans deported in the 1930s.
- Nor to the people whose lands the US took over: Native Americans,Northern Mexicans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Puerto Ricans, Guamanians, Palauans, Eastern Samoans, Northern Mariana Islanders or Virgin Islanders.
- Nor, given the perpetual foreigner stereotype, to Asian Americans.
- Nor to most British or Dutch Americans, who were not immigrants (people who move to a foreign country) but colonists (people who create an offshoot of their mother country). Calling them “immigrants” would mean they joined Native American societies. They were conquerors and invaders, not “immigrants”.
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All this is why I study the changing policies if (im)migration law. In a country that preaches Freedom and Liberty, it has always been more freedom and more liberty for light skinned people.
You can easily see the racism and xenophobia that the U.S. is built on when examining Border politics.
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“A $20-million effort is now under way to get more permanent residents to become citizens so they can vote, have access to a wider range of jobs and become fully American. The money for the New Americans Campaign comes from major foundations and is going mainly to nonprofits that have already been doing citizenship work. Two former commissioners of the Immigration and Naturalization Service have signed on as advisors.”
By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
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