Originally Posted by Piobaire
Eisenhower also was in power during Operation Wetback, no? I think estimates are between 1-1.5 million deportations? And the RR Act was vastly displaced Europeans, no? Just a little racism maybe? And certainly nothing to do with exploding goat fuckers.
Yes, Eisenhower was in power during Operation Wetback, which was a program to address illegal border crossings and illegal alien Mexicans. I'm not sure what that program has to do with refugee policy, though. That's my exact point. People, like suited, seem not to recognize that our immigration policy is multi-faceted and conflate refugees with migrants. They are not the same, and the U.S. does not treat them the same.
I get it. I'm familiar with the Piobaire point-out-the-hypocrisy line of argument. "Look! Eisenhower didn't like Mexicans!" That really means nothing in terms of the United States' longstanding commitment to refugees, though.
The Refugee Relief Act definitely targeted Europeans and had nothing to do with exploding goat fuckers. Twenty to thirty years after the Refugee Relief Act, the U.S. was taking in a lot of Asian refugees. In the 80s, there were a good number of Latin American refugees. World crises change. The United States also has had a history of fearing refugees and acting hostile towards them, and, as you pointed out, U.S. refugee policy have definitely favored certain groups of people over others. That's been consistent over the years.
Our refugee policies have been flawed for many years. They currently continue to be flawed. They definitely have favored certain groups and often are utilized to make political statements. I would never argue otherwise and don't think our refugee policies are necessarily appropriate now. That's not the point, though. The point is that our immigration policy contains humanitarian motivations. It's not purely "what value does each person add." Flawed policy doesn't invalidate the policy entirely. Critique away about the policy. Suited and others just should understand what the policy actually is first.