Reuters reports on January 25 that President Trump is set to announce visa restrictions against immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa, and a "temporary" ban on refugees from all over the world in the name of "National Security".

For those who are familiar with the notorious racial/religious "national origin" visa restrictions in the 1924 Johnson-Reed immigration Act, a law which Trump's pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, praised by implication only two years ago as described in my recent Immigration Daily comment, this should bring back some uncomfortable memories. See my January 16 Immigration Daily comment:

Could America Turn Back Toward The Coolidge Era "Nordics-Only" 1924 Immigration Quotas in the Coming Years?

As anyone who is familiar with American immigration history knows well, one of the main purposes of the 1924 law was to keep Jews and Catholics out of the United States, not by banning immigrants specifically on the basis of religion, which could have raised possible First Amendment problems affecting not only the freedom of religion of foreign citizens, but that of their American co-religionists, but on the basis of the countries they lived in.

Under the 1924 law, immigration quotas for white, Protestant countries of Northern Europe were generous, while those for Catholic Southern Europe, and Eastern Europe with its large Jewish population, were reduced to the vanishing point, along with the quotas for immigrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Is the president's expected announcement to be a first step toward adopting a template for US immigration policy in which "National Security" become the pretext for a return to the pre-1965 "Eugenics" ideology which favored immigrants from "Nordic" countries as good for America, and those from most or all other countries as dangerous or undesirable on ethnic or religious grounds?

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Roger Algase
Attorney at Law