Keith M. Francis

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Give me your tired your poor,

Tour huddled masses, yearning to breath free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shores,

Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

 

Wonderful poem, but not without significant restrictions, due to the recent political

debate on the restrictions on Muslims immigration, I produces a small portfolio of

images and investigated the history of the United States policy on citizenship,

immigration and naturalization. The historical facts will surprise you!

 

African-Americans were declared non-citizens in 1857. Irish and Catholics were isolated and marginalized by American society in the 19th century. Chinese were banned from immigrating in 1882; anarchists, epileptics, physical defects, children unaccompanied by

a parent and others were ruled inadmissible in 1903 – 07. The 1917 Immigration Act establishes an “Asiatic Barred Zone”, banned all immigrants from Asia. Japanese were made ineligible for citizenship in 1922. A 1924 immigration quota change limited Jewish entry for 20 years. In 1924 Native Americans were made citizens of the United States

of America. In 1952 tight restrictions were placed on blacks from the West Indies from entering. The Communist Control Act of 1954 criminalized political membership.

 

We need to learn from our past mistakes, we as a nation are better than this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 2015

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Archival ink on photographic paper

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10 X 6.5 image, 20 X 16 matted in | 254 X 165 image, 508 X 406 matted mm

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Print on Paper

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Contemporary Art

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