1965 Immigration and Nationality Act

Alisa Solomon’s article on 2/24 addresses a few laws for American immigration in history. For example the 1917 exclusion of people labeled “constitutional psychopathic inferiors”, 1952 McCarren Walter Act which banned “psychopathic personalities”, and the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act which banned “sexual deviants.” In the article, The Difficulties of U.S. Asylum Claims Based on Sexual Orientation, Swetha Sridharan writes the struggles of LGBT and the law. In comparison to other countries, the U.S. laws signify how important and respected queer folks are. How other societies view America will always be judged by how we treat the citizens. Immigration control decides who can and cannot be welcomed into the country, which includes, race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. Judgment is always the ticket for the government, including racial profiling, and sexualizing women . Minorities are considered the smaller group of people in a population. Queer, race, lower class, women, etc all play a part in “proper etiquette” and what “looks good” to be accepted. By giving the idea that a group of people will always be the dominant, always leaves room for the other group of people to always be less than. Gender plays a huge part in immigration because the U.S. does not want any “others” to be idolized, and then start a progressive movement. Everything oppressive is always motivated by fear and control. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act discriminated against queer individuals on the basis of “the mentally and physically defective, and aliens afflicted with psychopathic personality, epilepsy, or mental defect.” This article explains the asylum of LGBTQ couples filing for the freedom from the American government. The article states, “Since 1998, the United States has processed an average of 46,000 asylum applications each year, according to estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Winning asylum in this country, however, is not an easy task. On average, only 62 percent of these applications have been successful.” On the other hand, because the U.S. has specific laws against queer conduct, the asylum applicants would have a hard time having equal protection when they are under the same restrictions in their foreign home.  There are qualifications to file for asylum such as, “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” This article is identified as a current event on the basis of the LGBTQ community is still fighting for equal rights. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act contributes to ongoing course discussions because our class reviews articles and writes assignments about how trans communities are affected by the government, how to go about by change and create awareness.



Today there are issues surrounding race, being a woman, and sexual orientation in the military, which ties back to the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act because we want our country and foreign countries  to see us as strong, and dominant. Because our nation is built on freedom, the original ideology of America is progressing and there are minorities contributing to America. Women are portrayed to be put into the housewife role. Race is contributed to the government which is looked down upon because different cultures are put in a stereotype as as weak, irresponsible, and lazy; therefore, does not meet the American quota. Queer individuals are oppressed in the government because the roles we are placed in are the same as what qualified for the Immigration and Nationality Act.


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