Indian Riots About Anti-Muslim Legislation Relate to an Amnesty Law

By David North on December 12, 2019

There are immigration policy problems that (hard as it may be to believe) we do not have.

For instance: There have been riots in India about the latest anti-Muslim moves by India's strongly pro-Hindu government. Among the causes for them is a new citizenship bill that includes some specialized amnesties for some illegal aliens.

They must be:

  • From Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Afghanistan (all Muslim nations), and
  • Belong to one of six faiths: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Parsi, or Sikh.

In other words, Muslims need not apply. And if you are fleeing from the North Korean or Chinese dictators, it will do you no good.

India does not have a permanent resident status, so the former illegal aliens (after the passage of time) become Indian citizens.

Fortunately, our own legalization programs, both the IRCA amnesty of the 1980s and various currently proposed amnesties — such as giving permanent legal status to DACA recipients — have not had, and do not carry, any sectarian provisions.

While our amnesty policies are without religious overtones, our admissions policies are not, considering the president's decision to place extra vetting on applicants from seven Muslim-majority nations — not Muslims per se, but residents of those nations.