Rachel Maddow Delves Into ‘Throughline’ Between DACA Repeal And Eugenicist 1924 Immigration Law

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow started off her program last night by discussing the anti-immigrant “throughline” in American history that runs from the “explicitly racist” overhaul of the immigration system in 1924 to yesterday’s decision by the Trump administration to end the DACA program that protects undocumented people who arrived in the country as children.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was charged with announcing the DACA cancellation yesterday, has praised the 1924 law that was explicitly intended to limit non-white immigration as “good for America,” as Right Wing Watch first reported.

“It’s somewhere between embarrassing and painful,” Maddow said, “to think about the fact that this is less than 100 years ago that the United States made an explicitly eugenicist overhaul of its immigration policy to make America more white, to protect the white race from these genetically inferior hoards who were somehow going to threaten the genetic superiority and purity of white Americans.”

That is, unless you’re Sessions: