The Arthur Administration enacted the first general Federal immigration law. Arthur approved a measure in 1882 excluding paupers, criminals, and lunatics. Congress suspended Chinese immigration for ten years, later making the restriction permanent.Personally, I'm a Sinophile -- they make great fireworks -- but in a democratic polity, the majority rules. And who knows? Maybe if Hearst hadn't ginned up fear of the Yellow Peril, we'd all be half-Chinese by now. (NTTAWWT.) Progressive tolerant types recoil in horror from restrictionist policies, but you liberals should think about this: If the Know-Nothings had had their way -- excluding the Irish rabble and other such Papist scum -- you'd have been spared Antonin Scalia, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.
I'm just sayin' . . .