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Six other times the US has banned immigrants

Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is not the first time specific groups or nationalities have been blocked from the US.

Over the past 200 years, US presidents have placed restrictions on the immigration of certain groups [File: Reuters]

On Friday, Donald Trump barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days.

He also suspended the US refugee programme for 120 days, specifically banning Syrian refugees until further notice, reduced the number of refugees who would be admitted this year to 50,000 and specified that refugees who were from a religious minority and fleeing religious persecution should be prioritised.

A federal judge has blocked part of Trump’s executive order, ruling that travellers who have already landed in the US with valid visas should not be sent back to their home countries, and protests in response to passport holders from some Arab countries, including US green card holders, being blocked from passing through customs or prevented from boarding US-bound planes, have taken place at airports across the country.

But this is not the first time that the US has banned immigrants from its shores. Over the past 200 years, successive American presidents have placed restrictions on the immigration of certain groups.

Here are six occasions when laws have been passed to restrict some people from entering the country.

READ MORE: Donald Trump’s #MuslimBan sparks outrage and fear

 

Exclusion of the Chinese

President Chester A. Arthur.

Signed on May 6, 1882. 

The Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned “skilled and unskilled labourers and Chinese employed in mining” from entering the US for 10 years, was the first significant law restricting immigration to the country. It came at a time when the US was struggling with high unemployment and, although Chinese made up a very small segment of the country’s workforce, they were nevertheless scapegoated for its social and economic woes.

The law also placed restrictions on Chinese who were already in the US, forcing them to obtain certificates in order to re-enter if they left the country and banning them from securing citizenship.

The act expired in 1892 but was extended for a further 10 years in the form of another – the Geary Act. This placed additional restrictions on Chinese residents of the country, forcing them to register and to obtain a certificate of residence, without which they could be deported.

This changed in 1943 with the Magnuson Act – which allowed some Chinese immigration and for some Chinese already residing in the country to become naturalised citizens, but which maintained the ban on property and business ownership. This came at a time when China was a US ally during World War II.

 

Jewish refugees during World War II

President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

As millions of people became refugees during World War II, US President Franklin D Roosevelt argued that refugees posed a serious threat to the country’s national security. Drawing on fears that Nazi spies could be hiding among them, the country limited the number of German Jews who could be admitted to 26,000 annually. And it is estimated that for most of the Hitler era, less than 25 percent of that quota was actually filled.

In one of the most notorious cases, the US turned away the St Louis ocean liner, which was carrying 937 passengers, almost all of whom are thought to have been Jewish, in June 1939. The ship was forced to return to Europe, where more than a quarter of its passengers are thought to have been killed in the Holocaust.

 

Anarchists banned

President Theodore Roosevelt.

Signed on March 3, 1903.

In 1903, the Anarchist Exclusion Act banned anarchists and others deemed to be political extremists from entering the US.

In 1901, President William McKinley had been fatally shot by Leon Czolgosz, an American anarchist who was the son of Polish immigrants.

The act – which was also known as the Immigration Act of 1903 – codified previous immigration law and, in addition to anarchists, added three other new classes of people who would be banned from entry: those with epilepsy, beggars and importers of prostitutes.

The act marked the first time that individuals were banned for their political beliefs.

READ MORE: EU looks to fund camps in Africa to cut immigration

 

Communists banned

Passed by Congress on August 23, 1950, despite being vetoed by President Harry Truman.

The Internal Security Act of 1950 – also known as the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950 or the McCarran Act – made it possible to deport any immigrants believed to be members of the Communist Party. Members of communist organisations, which were required to register, were also not allowed to become citizens.

Truman opposed the law, stating that it “would make a mockery of our Bill of Rights”.

Sections of the act were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1993. But some parts of the act still stand.

 

Iranians

President Jimmy Carter, April 7, 1980.

Following the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, during which the US embassy in Tehran was stormed and 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days, American President Jimmy Carter cut diplomatic relations with and imposed sanctions on Iran. He also banned Iranians from entering the country.

Today, Iranians have again been banned – one of seven Muslim majority countries included in Trump’s executive order.

 

Ban on HIV positive persons

Under President Ronald Reagan, the US Public Health Service added Aids to its list of “dangerous and contagious” diseases. Senator Jesse Helms’ “Helms Amendment” added HIV to the exclusion list.

In 1987, the US banned HIV positive persons from arriving in the US. The laws were influenced by homophobic and xenophobic sentiment towards Africans and minorities at the time, as well as a false belief that the HIV virus could be spread by physical or respiratory contact. Former US President Barack Obama lifted it in 2009, completing a process begun by President George W Bush.

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THIS is how you protect citizens… certainly not the way things are done now:

“Even before the operation had ended, President Reagan went on national television to discuss the air strikes. “When our citizens are abused or attacked anywhere in the world,” he said, “we will respond in self-defense. Today we have done what we had to do. If necessary, we shall do it again.”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a dad, and he’s giving away most of his money

You remember a few years back when Bill Gates complained that he didn’t have to pay any taxes on a 100 million dollar windfall ?

Well what happens when the people who earn the money actually have money to invest (instead of paying 75percent tax as some crazy liberals suggest)

The money gets used to create new and clean energy sources and hi tech jobs for one …

Now Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will donate 45Billion to various world charities.

Do you moonbat loonie liberals think that the government would do better work with all that money??  Yeah right.

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Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said they’ll devote nearly all their wealth — roughly $45 billion — to good works in celebration of their new baby daughter, Max.

Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, gave birth to a 7-pound, 8-ounce daughter last week. But the couple didn’t put out the news until Tuesday, when Zuckerberg posted it on — of course — Facebook.

In the same post, Zuckerberg said he and Chan will, over time, commit 99 percent of their Facebook stockholdings to such causes as fighting disease, improving education and “building strong communities.” The couple had previously pledged to give away at least half their assets during their lifetime, but hadn’t provided specifics.

They are forming a new organization, called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, that will pursue those goals through a combination of charitable donations, private investment and promotion of government-policy reform.

“Like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today,” the 31-year-old social media mogul and his wife wrote in a letter to their daughter, which they also posted on Facebook.

The announcement stunned the charity world. “It’s incredibly impressive and an enormous commitment that really eclipses anything that we’ve seen in terms of size,” said Phil Buchanan, president of the nonprofit Center for Effective Philanthropy.

By comparison, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has an endowment of just over $41 billion, which includes wealth donated by the Microsoft founder and his friend, the businessman Warren Buffett.

The new initiative will be organized as a limited liability company, however, rather than as a nonprofit foundation. “They want the most flexibility and they are going to use a wide variety of activities to achieve their mission,” Rachael Horwitz, a Facebook spokeswoman, said via email. “So in that way this is not a foundation nor is it entirely charitable.”

The notion of investing money in companies that tackle social issues isn’t new, but it has gained more currency among a younger generation of philanthropists, particularly in the tech world.

Zuckerberg has also shown a previous interest in influencing public policy. He led other prominent Silicon Valley figures in forming a group, FWD.us, that lobbied and gave donations to congressional candidates in an unsuccessful effort to promote immigration reforms. Depending on how much of the new effort is devoted to lobbying, it could raise new questions about the influence of money in today’s politics, some experts said.

In the letter to their daughter, Zuckerberg and Chan described their goals as “advancing human potential and promoting equality.” They added: “We must make long term investments over 25, 50 or even 100 years. The greatest challenges require very long time horizons and cannot be solved by short term thinking.”

While Zuckerberg promised to release more details in the future, he said the couple will transfer most of their wealth to the initiative “during our lives.” The couple will be in charge of the initiative, although Zuckerberg won’t be quitting his day job.

“I have a full time job running Facebook,” he told The Associated Press in an interview last month, during which he discussed the couple’s approach to philanthropy. Of his job at the social network, he added, “I’m going to be doing this for long time.”

The Facebook co-founder is one of the world’s wealthiest men. He and Chan, a 30-year-old pediatrician, have previously donated $100 million to public schools in Newark, New Jersey, and pledged $120 million to schools in poor communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. They’ve also given $75 million to the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where Chan did her medical training.

In a statement, Facebook said the couple’s plan to transfer their shares over time won’t affect his status as controlling shareholder of the company. The company said Zuckerberg has committed to dispose of no more than $1 billion of Facebook stock every year for the next three years.

Zuckerberg and Chan had announced on Facebook last July that they were expecting a daughter, after Chan had three previous miscarriages. Horwitz said the baby was born early last week, but declined to say which day.

“Mom and baby are both healthy and doing well,” Horwitz added. Zuckerberg has said he plans to take two months of paternity leave.

 

 

When a Voter ID Is Worth a Thousand Words

Nelson Mandela certainly sees the value in VoterID….  why aren’t we?
Nelson Mandela (ANNA ZIEMINSKI/AFP/Newscom)

Nelson Mandela (ANNA ZIEMINSKI/AFP/Newscom)

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It is an old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that is certainly true with a photo of Nelson Mandela turned up by the Daily Caller.

After a “progressive advocacy group” called One Wisconsin Now issued a statement calling on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Republican colleagues to “end their collective attacks on the right to vote for legal voters in the state of Wisconsin” in order to “truly honor a man who brought so much to so many,” reporter Caroline May found a photo of Mandela wearing a T-shirt that says, “Get an ID. Register. Vote.”

One Wisconsin Now was complaining about the voter ID law passed by the Wisconsin legislature that is currently under attack in the courts.

Mandela wore this shirt at a rally in 1998 as the African National Congress began its reelection campaign. To deepen One Wisconsin Now’s embarrassment, Media Trackers also pointed out that South Africa’s constitution, which was signed into law by Mandela after his historic 1994 election as president, “supports a rigorous election integrity process far more stringent that anything GOP lawmakers have proposed in Wisconsin.”

South Africa allows only three forms of official identification to be used for the purposes of voting, and that does not include passports and driver’s licenses. By contrast, Wisconsin’s proposed voter ID requirement allows driver’s licenses, military IDs, passports, certificates of naturalization, student IDs, and tribal IDs.

Unlike in the United States, South Africans also have to produce one of the official forms of ID when they are registering to vote, the complete opposite of the honor system for registration in the United States. There is no online registration, something that a number of U.S. states have now implemented; no same day registration as in Wisconsin; and no mail-in registration as mandated by the federal National Voter Registration Act either.

It is inappropriate for an organization like One Wisconsin Now to try use Nelson Mandela to advance its political agenda at a time when the world is still grieving over the loss of this great leader. And that is particularly true when it seems unaware of the facts that make that use completely wrong and inaccurate.

Utah homeowner arrested for firing shots in burglary

Protecting your home and family is no longer an option under Liberalism stupidity.

Criminal and the Homeowner

Criminal and the Homeowner

LAYTON, Utah –  A Utah man has been arrested after he allegedly fired two shots with a handgun after burglary suspects fled from his house.

Fox13Now.com reports that Clare Niederhauser, of Layton, was driving toward his home Jan. 31 when he saw a car in his driveway and a man standing near his doorway holding a crowbar.

Niederhauser is accused of firing one shot at the fleeing car and another shot after the third suspect fled on foot.

Police say the use of deadly force is allowed when there’s a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury, and Niederhauser wasn’t threatened by the suspects.

Niederhauser was booked into the Davis County Jail on two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. He declined to comment.

Robert Cruz was arrested for investigation of burglary after a foot chase.

 

LAYTON, Utah — A Layton man was arrested Thursday evening after he allegedly fired shots while trying to stop a burglary attempt at his home.

Police said Clare B. Niederhauser, 64, was driving toward his home at 2536 E Gentile Avenue when he saw a passenger car in his driveway and a man at the doorway holding a prybar.

Niederhauser approached the man with the pry bar, who was identified as 47-year-old Robert Santos Cruz, and held him at gunpoint, according to a press release.

Niederhauser ordered Cruz to drop the pry bar and Cruz complied. Niederhauser then noticed that the passenger car was backing out of his driveway. Niederhauser allegedly fired a shot toward the car in an attempt to hit a tire or the engine compartment. The vehicle got away and has not been located.

While continuing to hold Cruz at gunpoint, Niederhauser retrieved a cellphone from his car and called 911. When the first police officer arrived at the scene, Cruz fled into the backyard area of the home.

Police said Niederhauser chased Cruz and fired another shot into the field area behind the home. Officers told Niederhauser to put away the gun and he complied.

Officers located and arrested Cruz, who was not armed.

Police said it appeared Niederhauser was not trying to shoot Cruz or the occupants in the passenger car, so felony charges against him were not appropriate.

However, police said Niederhauser’s decision to fire the shots created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person. He was arrested and booked into the Davis County Jail on two counts of reckless endangerment. He bailed out of jail Friday afternoon.

Cruz was booked for a second-degree felony count of residential burglary and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

The occupants of the passenger car were described as a woman between 20 and 30 years old and another person between 60 and 70 years old. Police said the woman was the driver. The car was described as a gray 4-door passenger car.

Anyone with information about Robert Santos Cruz or his associates is asked to contact the Layton Police Department at (801) 497-8300.

Mitt Romney Knew About The Brewing Mali Conflict Before You Did

After France’s military intervention in Islamist-controlled northern Mali over the weekend, the North African country has become a hot topic in the news.

But one man was introducing the problems in Mali to a mainstream audience before most other politicians and commentators: Mitt Romney.

During the third and final presidential debate, which focused on foreign policy, Romney slipped in an aside about Mali that attracted some derision on Twitter at the time, but now looks wise in retrospect.

With the Arab Spring, came a great deal of hope that there would be a change towards more moderation, and opportunity for greater participation on the part of women in public life, and in economic life in the Middle East. But instead, we’ve seen in nation after nation, a number of disturbing events. Of course we see in Syria, 30,000 civilians having been killed by the military there. We see in — in Libya, an attack apparently by, I think we know now, by terrorists of some kind against — against our people there, four people dead.
Our hearts and — and minds go out to them. Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali by Al Qaeda type individuals.
At the time of the debate, Romney was receiving intelligence briefings from administration officials, a tradition for the presidential nominees that begins after their nominating conventions.
A former Romney advisor told BuzzFeed that Mali came up “repeatedly” in briefings by the campaign’s foreign policy team and in debate prep.
Northern Mali has been under the increasing control of three hardline Islamist groups since the spring and summer of 2012, but the situation became front page news worldwide when French troops entered Mali over the weekend at the behest of the Malian president.

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Former President George W. Bush Breaks His Silence

George W. Bush Gives First Public Reaction to Osama Bin Laden Death

Former President George W. Bush made his first candid public comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden during an appearance Wednesday at a conference of hedge fund managers in Las Vegas.

“I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies,” Bush said when asked what he was doing when he received the call from President Obama, according to an ABC News contributor who attended the event.

“I excused myself and went home to take the call,” Bush said. “Obama simply said ‘Osama Bin Laden is dead.'”

Bush said Obama described in detail the secret mission to raid bin Laden’s Pakistani compound and the decision he made to put the plan into motion. He told Obama, “Good call.”

The 43rd president and man who initiated the hunt for bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks has shied from the spotlight since news broke nearly two weeks ago. Bush has declined interview requests and Obama’s invitation to join him at Ground Zero to meet with victims’ families and first responders four days after the raid.

But appearing before the crowd of 1,800 at the glitzy Bellagio resort and casino, Bush appeared light-hearted and relaxed in talking about bin Laden’s death.

When asked by forum moderator Melissa Lee of CNBC how he felt upon learning the news, Bush said he was “not overjoyed,” explaining that the campaign to track down the 9/11 mastermind was done not “out of hatred but to exact judgment.”

The development is ultimately a victory for the American people, he said.

“The guy is dead. That is good,” Bush said of bin Laden. “Osama’s death is a great victory in the war on terror. He was held up as a leader.”

“The intelligence services deserve a lot of credit. They built a mosaic of information, piece by piece,” he said, claiming no credit for himself.

“I met SEAL Team Six in Afghanistan. They are awesome, skilled, talented and brave,” he added. “I said, ‘I hope you have everything you need. One guy said, ‘We need your permission to go into Pakistan and kick ass.'”

Bush said U.S. foreign policy needs to continue to promote the ideas of democracy and freedom as a way to combat global terrorism.

“The long-term solution is to promote a better ideology, which is freedom. Freedom is universal,” Bush said. “People who do not look like us want freedom just as much. The relatives of [former Secretary of State]Condoleezza Rice over 100 years ago wanted freedom. It is only when you do not have hope in a society that you join a suicide bomber team.”