November 27, 2019
AN ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE ANONYMOUS
Railroad Workers ca 1865
“SEND ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR AND HUDDLED MASSES, YEARNING TO BREATHE
FREE, THE WRETCHED REFUSE OF YOUR TEEMING SHORE. SEND THESE, THE
HOMELESS, TEMPEST- TOSSED TO ME, I LIFT MY LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR.”
From “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus
The year before Miss Lazarus wrote her dedication to the
Statue of Liberty (1883), The Congress of the United States passed “The
Chinese Exclusion Act,” forbidding for ten years the immigration of any
person of Asian extraction to the USA or its territories.
This was a direct result of a decades-long successful influx
of Asian laborers sought during the Great Gold Rush and the building of
the many railroads spanning the continent.
It is the first U.S. law prohibiting a person of any specific
race from immigrating to the U.S. The law was extended for each decade
thereafter and made permanent in 1904.
It was repealed in 1943, at a time when China was an ally of
the United States in World War II.
It is yet obscure, but a new, Weird Exclusion Act is being
instituted by the current Federal administration. If an asylum seeker
passes through Guatemala, Salvador or Honduras on their way to the U.S.
border with the intention of seeking asylum here, they are to be
intercepted and imprisoned in whichever of the above countries they are in
The plan is to keep them from applying for asylum. We, the
taxpayers of the USA, are going to pay for this travesty.
If you have a question about this crazy quilt of edicts,
don’t bother to call anyone in Homeland Security. I feel sure that they
have no idea of how to deal with an untold number of people, certainly
many thousands, who are going to fill these concentration camps.
-Phil Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the Human Condition
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