U.S. Immigration History
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U.S. Immigration History

Early into the Founding of our country, the issue of immigration caused major concerns. The French Revolution created large numbers of those who supported the French Monarchy to flee to America. The new Democratic- Republican Party embraced these refugees and recruited them to join the Democratic-Republican Party. The Federalist Party of President John Adams feared this would tip the scales of voter power and allow many who believed in the rule of kings to threaten our Constitutional Republic.

The '''Alien and Sedition Acts''' were four bills passed by the Federalist Party that dominated the 5th United States Congress and signed into law by President John Adams in 1798. They made it harder for an immigrant to become a citizen by the “Naturalization Act of 1798”.
The Alien Friends Act of 1798, allowed the president to imprison and deport non-citizens who were deemed dangerous. The Alien Enemy Act of 1798, “was an Act respecting Alien Enemies" or those who were from a hostile nation. The Sedition Act of 1798 criminalized aliens from making false statements critical of the Federal Government.

The Federalists argued that the bills strengthened national security during a “Quasi-War” undeclared naval war with France. Critics argued that they were primarily an attempt to suppress voters who disagreed with the Federalist party, and violated the right of freedom of speech in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Three of the acts were repealed after the Democratic-Republican party of Thomas Jefferson came to power. But the Alien Enemies Act remained in effect, was revised and codified in 1918 for use in World War I, and was used by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to imprison alien Japanese people (not the internment of American Japanese citizens), alien German people , and alien Italian people, during World War II. Following cessation of hostilities, the act was used by President Harry S. Truman to continue to imprison, then deport, aliens of the formerly hostile nations. In 1948 the Supreme Court determined that presidential powers under the acts continued after cessation of hostilities until there was a peace treaty with the hostile nation. The revised Alien Enemies Act remains in effect today.

There have been periods in our history of reductions in immigration. The most resent being 1925-1965. This period reduced immigration to two hundred thousand per year. It was to allow the millions who had come prior to 1925 to assimilate, and become American defenders of our Constitution, and to protect jobs for US citizens.

Read the history of the Alien Enemy Act of 1798, and revised into the Alien Enemies Act of1918 to understand the current law that gives the President the responsibility to protect the nation. We are being told by those in the media, who have not read American history, and have a political agenda that they promote, that won’t protect us from terrorist attacks, that President Trump is the problem. They are ignorant reporters confusing the American People, so they don’t know who or what to believe.

We all need to start reading American History so we are all on the same sheet of music, and not the tower of babble the Left wishes to engage in!

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Bryant commented on Sunday, Feb 05, 2017 at 12:34 PM

Ironside, I find it entertaining that you consider anyone who disagrees with your point of view as having "not read American history" or a "political agenda". Ever occur to you that there are a lot of history reading Constitutionalists out here that simply think your positions on many issues are simply wrong.

Doesn't mean you're uneducated or unsophisticated or anything else. Just means you are wrong based upon their values and interpretations. And, guess what? Not all of them are Democrats, liberals or uneducated.

Ironside commented on Sunday, Feb 05, 2017 at 16:40 PM

Bryant: When a reporter states something and does not reference his source to back up his claim/position, he is either pushing his political agenda or he has not done his homework and researched to find the facts to back up his claim. Being educated is doing your homework.

Care to discuss the Alien Enemy Act of 1798,revised into the Alien Enemies Act of 1918, as to whether or not President Trump's temporary holt in immigration from seven Middle East Countries is Constitutional? These laws were passed by Congress and or still in effect. President Trump took an oath to enforce our laws. So, how about you and I dispensing with the tower of babble coming from the Left and discuss the facts.

Finally, these two laws are available for anyone to read including the Judge that issued a stay on President Trump's Executive Order. What is it that the Judge does not understand about these two laws together with the Powers of the President that the Constitution gives the Executive Branch over immigration.

Bryant commented on Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Fact is, the judge has sufficient education and Constitutional authority to issue his order. Don't like it? Appeal, as the DOJ is doing. The President has authority over immigration but when he targets a religion (all seven countries are predominantly Muslim) and ignores existing restrictions and facts about the exceedingly limited risk from thoroughly vetted refugees seeking asylum from violence he deserves to be called on it.

Not to mention the sheer incompetence and scope of the order. Seems the White House forgot about legal green card and visa holders. All fluff, no meaningful improvement in security.

Ironside commented on Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 at 14:25 PM

U.S. Code specifies that when the President “finds that the entry of any alien, or any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interest of the United States, he may by proclamation suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem appropriate”

Trump listed the Obama Administration’s seven countries it restricted immigration to the United States, because these seven countries no longer have a U.S. Embassy or stable government to properly do background checks to insure we are not letting in terrorists. These seven countries are listed under section 217(a) (12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187 (a) (12) of US Code.

This is strait forward stuff. A first year law student can figure this one out. The law clearly allows President Trump to do what he has done. The judge is playing politics with the lives of the American people.

SusanS commented on Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 at 16:29 PM

Very interesting post Ironside. I find US History quite fascinating. I do agree with you on the present day media. I would also say that I didn't find anything in your post that stated that ALL in the media are pushing an agenda or are uneducated on US History. There are some who are. Sadly... not nearly enough and not in the mainstream.Our universities need to take a little of the heat for that.
It does seem a though the mainstream media can stir the pot and light people's fires before any one of them takes a moment to look deeper into what is really going on. We all need to slow down and not "react" so quickly to every little firestorm the main media tries to create. We'd likely find that we are all far more on the same page than we realize. :-)

Ironside commented on Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 at 19:12 PM

Susan: The first and largest terrorist attack until 9/11 took place in lower Manhattan, New York City in front of the Stock Market Exchange and the old City Hall where George Washington was sworn in as our first President. This bombing attack took place on September 16th, 1920 killing dozens and dozens, wounding over two hundred more. The bomb was placed in a work truck and was filled with nails screws and bolts to maximize the carnage. It was timed to explode five minutes after the noon hour when hundreds of workers would pour into the street in front of the Wall Street Exchange going to lunch. It was an attack by Communists immigrants from Europe who came through Ellis Island. Hundreds were round up and deported.
P.S. The first terrorist attack on the Twin Towers was in 1993 when a truck bomb went off in the basement parking garage.

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