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Trump in Phoenix

Does anyone know what Trump meant about making sure new immigration reflects the population? Sounds like a quota system meant to keep the country pale. We have a rich history of such xenophobia. All of it unconstitutional, meaner than hell and deftly exploited by Trump.

Speaking of unconstitutional: The ideological test Trump proposes brings to mind the Internal Security Act, called the McCarran Act, passed by Congress in 1950 over Truman’s veto. It was aimed at keeping commies out of the country. The Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. Trump’s aim of curse is to keep Muslims, instead of commies, out. It’s strange he did not make it a blanket prohibition as has been his wont. It seems like he is softening his position to broaden his appeal.

Some appeal.

Meanwhile, let us all pause to pity President Enrique Peña Nieto, such a fool. What a dumb-ass schlub.


  1. Steve, you were paying attention when Dr. Nutt or Ed Walker told us about the Immigration Act of 1924, which was our immigration law until 1965, and capped immigration from each country to 2 percent of its members here in 1890, favoring Northern Europeans over Southern or Eastern Europe, Latin America, or Asia. (I’m not sure what it did about African nations, since we had lots of African Americans who, while they did not come voluntarily, did create big numbers in the U.S South.) One effect of Trump’s plan is that Latins who leave to come back in will find themselves unable to return because their national quota is so low. But commentators haven’t pointed out this consequence. Yet.

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