History Economy and Immigration Reform
The Blame Game!
Blaming immigrants for past and current economic problems is nothing new, this argument has been around throughout our history where most blame Hispanics among other foreign cultures for low wages, no affordable housing, subpar living standards and the list goes on with this blame game.
The other day, I watched a live broadcast via Facebook produced by Router’s, and I must admit as the live comments scrolled by, that I witnessed several hateful and some rather cold-blooded comments pass by. The back-story of their broadcast pertained to asking an alien, their fears, and concerns under a Trump administration provided he does indeed follow through on his rhetoric’s.
There is a reason why students are taught history in grade school and college, the reason is that history has a tendency to repeat itself, unlike the election of 2016 that stunned many across the board where mouths dropped to the floor, eyes open yet caught in this psychedelic hypnotizing thick fog, others feeling the need to vomit from that clumpy spoiled milk, while others reached for the bourbon in a state of dismay.
If you watched Mr. Trump being interviewed on 60 Minutes and of course his rhetoric of deporting immigrant criminals, some may think this is new for calling for a mass deportation, but it is not. The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 under the Presidency of Adams,
“No protesting the government? No immigrants allowed in? No freedom of the press. Lawmakers jailed? Is this the story of the Soviet Union during the Cold War? No. It describes the United States in 1798 after the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts.” http://www.ushistory.org/us/19e.asp
The Great Depression of 1930 to 1950. The 30’s were enormously miserable and Franklin D. Roosevelt had to find a way to calm the citizens of the U.S, at the same time produce jobs for a starving society. Let us blame this on the Mexicans, deport them so that there will be jobs for our Americans. The Economy and Immigration V also known as “The Mexican Repatriation”, not only was it a desperate time but also created a dark stain in our American History, they were treated less than human, created an environment of hate, deported close to ten thousand Mexicans if not more and roughly, half were Citizens of the U.S.
Forward to the 1940’s, during the year of 1940 an amendment was made to fingerprint and registration of all aliens, 1942 led to the Bracero Program where Mexico and The U.S came to an agreement to allow what I would call the “Migrant Worker for farms”. This was the agreement because Farmers wanted cheaper labor and workers that would do the work. The Bacero Program lasted until around 1948-50, then we get the “Wetback Operation” 1952-1954. Kick them out! Military and Police joined forces and if you looked slightly Mexican whether you were a U.S born citizen, did not matter, you were gone!
It seems when we face hard economic times it is easier to play the Blame Game, provide scapegoats instead of facing certain facts of mismanagement, not passing bills on a timely manner because of squabbles within the Congress and Senate houses allowing the Governmental agencies like the park services to close, allowing escalation of debt from borrowed money. In 2011, John McCain (R-Ariz) actually blamed the Arizona and New Mexico’s wildfire on immigrants.
We are a diverse nation built on immigrants whom for the most part actually made it better, to blame certain problems that our nation faces are not the way to correct the factual problem that exists, certain fears that arise when violent crimes are committed, feeling or needing to oust bad weeds from the garden because of skin color, to blame all criminal activities, economic hardships to the swine flu on immigrants does not bear fruits, but instead our great U.S.S Nations sails in a circle lost in past mistakes that we should have learnt from.
The Great Depression: Crash Course US History #33 John Green 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and his sixth novel, The Fault in Our Stars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCQfMWAikyU
The New Deal: Crash Course US History #34 https://youtu.be/6bMq9Ek6jnA
Who to Blame for the Financial Crises by Mortimer Zuckerman http://www.usnews.com/opinion/mzuckerman/articles/2010/01/29/mort-zuckerman-who-to-blame-for-the-financial-crisis-
Subprime Suspects The right blames the credit crisis on poor minority homeowners. This is not merely offensive, but entirely wrong. By Daniel Gross http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2008/10/subprime_suspects.html
Video Surfaces of Hillary Clinton Blaming Homeowners for Financial Crisis Amanda Girard | January 16, 2016 http://usuncut.com/politics/video-surfaces-of-hillary-clinton-blaming-homeowners-for-financial-crisis/
Who Caused the Economic Crisis? MoveOn.org blames McCain advisers. He blames Obama and Democrats in Congress. Both are wrong. By Joe Miller Posted on October 1, 2008 http://www.factcheck.org/2008/10/who-caused-the-economic-crisis/
Trump’s grandfather ‘kicked out of Germany for avoiding military service’ By Angela Dewan and Madleen Schroeder, CNN Updated 1:18 PM ET, Wed November 23, 2016 http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/22/politics/trump-grandfather-germany-friedrich/index.html
Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address (1933), Great Depression primary source document with reading questions Posted on July 11, 2012 https://historymartinez.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/franklin-d-roosevelt-first-inaugural-address-1933-great-depression-primary-source-document-with-reading-questions/