Muslims Were Banned from U.S. in 1952-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
It’s been reported that Islam was banned from entering the U.S. in 1952 when Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Muslims were not banned from the entering the U.S. in 1952.
The purpose of the 1952 immigration law was to end the discrimination of immigrants based on “race and creed” — but it’s been widely accepted that the law went about that in a backwards way. That led to much of the law (including the provision in question) being repealed by Congress in 1990.
The 1952 immigration law became a hot topic after GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump released a statement calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” In response to backlash over the statement, Trump’s supporters pointed to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (which became Public Law 414) as “vindication” because the law supposedly banned Muslims from entering the country in 1952.
Claims that Congress banned Muslims from entering the U.S. in 1952 can be traced back to Chapter 2 or Public Law 414. As written, the law bans all aliens “who are members of or affiliated with” organizations that advocate for the overthrow of the U.S. government:
(F) Aliens who advocate or teach or who are members of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches (i) the overthrow by force, violence or other unconstitutional means of the Government of the Unites States or of all forms of law; or (ii) the duty, necessity, or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers (either of specific individuals or of any other organized government, because of his or their official character; or (iii) the unlawful damage, injury, or destruction of property; or (iv) sabotage.
It’s true that the law would ban Islamic extremists from groups like ISIS, the Taliban and Al Qaeda who support the overthrow of the U.S. government from the country — but a small minority of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims affiliate with extremist groups, according to data from the RAND Corp. That’s one reason we’re classifying claims that Muslims were banned from the U.S. in 1952 as “false.”
We’re calling the claim that Muslims were banned from the U.S. in 1952 as “false” because it contradicts the original intent of the immigration law. With the bill, Congress ended the “blanket exclusion of immigrants based on race and creed” and established a (controversial) quota system for admitting immigrants from different and ideological grounds for excluding them based on personal history, according to the American Immigration Law Foundation.
President Harry S. Truman believed the quota system didn’t go far enough in ending racial barriers, and he opposed ideological tests for immigrants as a violation of the Bill of Rights. He vetoed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (Congress later overrode the veto) and wrote that the bill, “Presents a difficult problem of weighing the good against the bad, and arriving at a judgment on the whole.” Truman also wrote:
I am asked to approve the reenactment of highly objectionable provisions now contained in the Internal Security Act of 1950–a measure passed over my veto shortly after the invasion of South Korea. Some of these provisions would empower the Attorney General to deport any alien who has engaged or has had a purpose to engage in activities “prejudicial to the public interest” or “subversive to the national security.” No standards or definitions are provided to guide discretion in the exercise of powers so sweeping. To punish undefined “activities” departs from traditional American insistence on established standards of guilt. To punish an undefined “purpose” is thought control.
These provisions are worse than the infamous Alien Act of 1798, passed in a time of national fear and distrust of foreigners, which gave the President power to deport any alien deemed “dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States.” Alien residents were thoroughly frightened and citizens much disturbed by that threat to liberty.
Such powers are inconsistent with our democratic ideals. Conferring powers like that upon the Attorney General is unfair to him as well as to our alien residents. Once fully informed of such vast discretionary powers vested in the Attorney General, Americans now would and should be just as alarmed as Americans were in 1798 over less drastic powers vested in the President.
In conclusion, we’ve classified the claim that Muslims were banned from the U.S. in 1952 as false for two reasons. First, it assumes that all Muslims belong to or are affiliated with groups that want to overthrow the U.S. government, which is false. Second, that idea contradicts the purpose of the 1952 law to end discrimination of immigrants based on “race and creed.”
Islam was Banned from USA in 1952 but You’re Not Supposed to Know it!
ISLAM WAS BANNED FROM THE USA IN 1952 but Obama doesn’t want you to know that, nor does he respect or uphold US law.
The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization and nationality for the United States.
That Act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of aliens to the US and remains in effect today.
This is an excerpt of a story that appeared at Before it’s News. Click here to view the entire story.