Immigration News: May 17, 2022

Banner says: Stand against xenophobia. In diversity lies our unity. Stand against racism.
John Darroch photo taken at the Kia Kaha Aotearoa: Stand Against Racism march in Auckland New Zealand. The march was in response to the Christchurch Mosque attacks and attracted over a thousand participants. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

U.S. immigration policy: racist since the beginning. Racist immigration attitudes mesh with anti-black racism and with anti-Semitism. Sometimes the connection is brazen and obvious, sometimes less overt, but it is almost always there. Groups, politicians, and propagandists may claim that they are “only” anti-immigrant, but the underlying racism persists. 

[Teen Vogue] “Racial responses to immigration begin with the arrival of the first non-white immigrants on U.S. shores during California’s gold rush. While the United States was actively attempting to increase immigration from Northern and Western Europe, as soon as a different group of people began to arrive, Americans developed mechanisms to exclude them….

“In the 1920s, President Calvin Coolidge campaigned to “keep America American” and signed into law the Johnson-Reed Immigration act of 1924, which banned Asian immigration and severely curtailed immigration from anywhere outside northern Europe. Senator David Reed of Pennsylvania, the co-author of the law that is commonly referred to as the national origins quotas, wrote an article that ran on the front page of The New York Times under the title ‘America of the melting pot comes to an end.’ Reed concluded, ‘We have closed the doors just in time to prevent our nordic population being overrun by lower races.’ …

“The fear of “the Great Replacement” connects the Chinese exclusion laws of the 1880s, the “Keep America American” nativism of the 1920s, and the “Build the Wall” chants of the 2010s. “The Great Replacement” is often associated with the French author Renaud Camus, who started using the term in the late 1990s to describe a conspiracy theory that globalists wanted to replace white, Western European civilization with non-Europeans. However, Camus was simply adding a new name to an old idea that had existed in the United States for centuries.”

The anti-immigrant “replacement theory” gains strength with every repetition by Republican officials and candidates. 

[AP/Star Tribune] “Three weeks ago in Arizona, Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters accused Democrats of trying to flood the nation with millions of immigrants “to change the demographics of our country.” A few days later in Missouri, Senate hopeful Eric Schmitt, the state attorney general, said Democrats were “fundamentally trying to change this country through illegal immigration.” And in Ohio, Republican Senate nominee JD Vance accused Democrats of trying to “transform the electorate.”

“Warning of an immigrant “invasion,” Vance told Fox News Channel that Democrats “have decided that they can’t win reelection in 2022 unless they bring a large number of new voters to replace the voters that are already here.”

“Some of the Republican campaigns denied that their statements amounted to replacement theory, but among the experts, there is little question.

“Five experts on hate speech who reviewed the Republican candidates’ comments confirmed that they promote the baseless racist theory, even though the Republicans don’t mention race directly. …

“Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was asked three times Tuesday, in different ways, about replacement theory — if leaders have to speak out about it or believe it themselves — and declined to fully respond.”

And in other news

The Biden administration’s proposed rule on asylum procedures has a lot of good parts, but the speed-up in processing would be unfair and devastating to asylum seekers. 

[National Immigrant Justice Center] “… this process would be dizzying for most if not all people seeking protection in a language and system they do not understand. The proposed rule’s failings are all the more concerning given that other parts of the proposal would bring welcome changes to the asylum system, including allowing asylum officers to grant asylum to arriving refugees without requiring them to appear in an adversarial court hearing. …

“The new rule would strip asylum seekers of the precious time they need to prepare their cases, retain counsel, and sustain themselves. Most asylum seekers are unable to navigate this system alone, without the assistance of counsel. Under the new rule, even represented asylum seekers may not have the adequate time to gather evidence and present the merits of their claims. This grievance is not mundane; lacking time to prepare their claims can mean returning to grave danger or even death.” 

Border Patrol arrests of immigrants at the border dropped slightly in April. Overall “encounters”increased slightly, due to more than 15,000 Ukrainian border crossings. 

[CBS]”Apprehensions of migrants along the U.S. southern border have reached record levels over the past year, fueled in part by soaring rates of repeat crossing attempts by some adult migrants trying to re-enter the U.S. after being expelled to Mexico under Title 42. …

“Biden administration officials have said they expect border apprehensions to ultimately decrease once Title 42 is lifted because U.S. authorities will be able to prosecute more repeat border crossers and deport more migrants under the expedited removal process, which includes a 5-year banishment from the U.S.

“Expulsions under Title 42 do not carry similar penalties.”

Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America tweets: 

“The top 3 countries of origin of migrants apprehended at the US-Mexico border in April were – Mexico – Cuba – Ukraine You’ll probably never see that again. (But who knows really.) Also: Mexico, Colombia, and all of Central America declined from March to April.”

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet,, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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