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QU POLIS: Whom Shall We Welcome?
October 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This class will be a non-partisan, multi-media overview of the 1950’s report, “Whom Shall We Welcome,” a topic that is still debated and relevant today. Harry S. Truman established the President’s Commission on Immigration and Naturalization on September 4, 1952. He directed the Commission “to study and evaluate the immigration and naturalization policies of the U.S.” and to make recommendations “for such legislative, administrative, or other action as in its opinion may be desirable in the interest of the economy, security, and responsibilities of this country.”
The Commission’s report, “Whom Shall We Welcome,” recommended that “the National Origins quota system should be abolished.” According to Daniel Okrent, the eugenics movement, a junk science that stemmed from the belief that certain races and ethnicities were morally and genetically superior to others, informed the Immigration Act of 1924, which established the National Origins and quota system cutting the overall number of immigrants coming to the U.S. The Commission’s recommendations were largely enacted into law in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.
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