Mass Deportation: Lessons From the Past

From DMI Blog comes a great post analyzing the historical precedent for the current "enforcement only" policy waging a war on immigrants. From the little-known mass deportation of Mexican migrants during the Great Depression to the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, our nation has a history of scapegoating the migrant in times of crisis.

Unfortunately, throughout US history, when harsh measures are done in the name of national security, it is often directed at unpopular ethnic/racial minorities. It is easy to draw a parallel between the repatriation of the 1930s and the internment of the Japanese to the measures taken by the US government after September 11 because the policies that were passed after 9/11 proved to be no different. Racial profiling in this sense is a tool that Americans turn to when a perceived outsider threatens to damage the status quo.

These past incarnations of the current immigration panic and mass deportation have apparently not served as lessons learned.

The current fervor against immigrant groups is eerily reminiscent to the anti-Mexican sentiments of the 1930s. FBI reports on domestic hate crimes after 2001 indicate that such crimes against Latinas and Latinos surged from 2003 to 2006.

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