Essay on America 's National Origins Quota System

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Diane Guerrero and her family are Colombian; in other words, they are not European, and more blatantly, not white. As displayed by immigration policy, the image of America that citizens are satiated with is a nation whose citizens are predominantly white (Ngai 7-8). This is a problem for the Guerrero family as well as for other non-European immigrants attempting to assimilate in a nation where their appearance causes their presence to be obvious. This is an especially impossible task to achieve in a nation where racialization maintains its prevalence. As Mae Ngai further emphasizes, immigration policy uncovers the nation 's vision of itself (Ngai 9). This noticeably creates issues when regarding America’s absence of tolerance of non-white immigrants. Diane’s family entered into a nation of white supremacy, where dark skin is stigmatized. This was not helpful for her family, as they struggled to assimilate and naturalize. Furthermore, America’s national origins quota system “deemed all Europeans to be part of a white race, distinct from those considered to be not white” (Ngai 7). Thus, America makes it evident that the Euro-American cultural identity is capable of transformation and assimilation and is a racially identifiable by whiteness, unlike those who identify as Latino or Asian (Ngai 7). America’s immigration policy expresses the nation’s desire for a certain composition of “whiteness.” Hence, America has no appeal to embrace Colombians or other Latino groups, like the…

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