[Ads-l] Early QOTY candidate for 2016

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 21 12:56:21 UTC 2016


> On Jan 20, 2016, at 10:41 PM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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> I can't interpret the added "context" as mitigating the ignorance of Haley's continuation.
> 
> ""When it comes to legal immigration, we've never, in the history of this country, passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion."
> 
> Even excluding laws based on race or religion that were not associated with immigration (e.g., slavery, "black codes", Jim Crow, internment of Japanese), there were laws based on race (to which I would add ethnicity) or religion related to immigration (e.g., Chinese, Eastern Europeans -- meaning preeminently Jews, Japanese during the internment period, blacks during the colonial period).  And as Larry wrote previously, "More than few, I'd say, although perhaps someone with a more detailed knowledge of the history of restrictive immigration laws and policies ... might chime in usefully."
> 
> Additionally, I doubt whether Haley really was thinking about laws specifically related to immigration.  Rather, more generally that "never, in the history of this country" have we "passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion."
> 
> Joel

Somehow this all reminds me of the debate over the interpretation of 
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

At least in the representation of Haley's remark the commas make sense...

LH
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> 
>      From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
> Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 7:47 PM
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Early QOTY candidate for 2016
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>> On Jan 20, 2016, at 5:35 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> 
>> On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 1:52 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> More than few, I'd say, although perhaps someone with a more detailed =
>>> knowledge of the history of restrictive immigration laws and policies =
>>> (including those barring/restricting entry to those of her own Sikh =
>>> ethnicity) might chime in usefully.  I believe she also missed the =
>>> Japanese internment episode, which certainly relates to race, ethnicity, =
>>> and immigration.
>>> 
>> 
>> And, of course, there were slavery, the black codes, and Jim Crow.
> 
> As I mentioned yesterday, but we're now (since Dan Goncharoff's observation about the context) considering Haley's comments within the scope of the first part of her sentence, "When it comes to legal immigration..."
> 
> LH
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