How Did We Get Here? Part Two: Immigration Becomes A Political Tool

Written by Marilyn Assenheim on April 25, 2013

Transformation of United States immigration policy was not yet complete; but the changes to the system effectively changed America’s fundamental structure. When legal immigration to America was no longer a requirement the bar was, again, forced down. Three revolutionary changes occurred as a result. The first was that uneducated, non English-speaking, third world transplants to America were given resettlement priority.

The second was that those given U.S. entry no longer found it necessary to want to be American. Many did; but many didn’t have to. There was no expectation or demand made for the price of their freedom and welfare. Third, the destruction of the black family, begun by Lyndon Johnson in 1965 and compounded by Ted Kennedy’s immigration “reform”, was given additional drive by Clinton’s actions. The ability for American citizens on the lower rungs of society to climb upwards was further curtailed; unrestrained immigration, legal and illegal, was noticeably eroding the jobs base that would lead to better jobs for American citizens. These changes would increase a population ever more dependent on government.

Immigration modifications shifted the focus of relocation to the United States from the individual’s desire for a better life to that of a political expedient. Cloaking the changes to America’s immigration policy in multi-cultural, politically correct dogma didn’t change the fact that America’s transformation was well underway.

Image: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Immigration Act as Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and others look on; location: Liberty Island, New York, New York; date: 3 October 1965; source: http://www.lbjlibrary.org/collections/ photo-archive/photolab-detail.html?id=270; author: Yoichi R. Okamoto; public domain

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Marilyn Assenheim
Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.