During the May 24, 2021 episode of his Infowars show The American Journal, host Harrison Smith went on anti-immigrant tirade. This time Smith, who has referred to migrant children as the “unwanted detritus of the Third World,” lashed out at the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which did away with the country’s national origin quotas.
According to Smith, this law transformed the U.S. into “Mexico” and a “dumping ground for the Third World.”
Smith said he visited Japan a “couple years ago,” which he said was not as “chaotic” as life in the United States. Smith said he realized the “chaos” and “nonsense” of the United States was not a result of living in a modern society. Instead, he said that these vague problems were caused by immigration.
“So, what we’re dealing with today — as chaotic and incomprehensible as it is — it’s not an accident,” Smith said. “It’s not inevitable. It’s not natural. It is the result of decisions that were made. Often, the decisions that were made and agreed to, were based on faulty premises. Another way to say that: They were a lie.”
Smith told viewers that he was talking about the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, better known as the Hart-Celler Act. The Act, signed into law by President Johnson, replaced the explicitly racist Immigration Act of 1924, which “made permanent strict quotas … in order to favor immigrants from northern and Western Europe and preserve the homogeneity of the nation.”
The 1924 Act, which served as an inspiration for Adolf Hitler, also effectively banned all immigration from Asia and slashed the number of immigrants allowed into the U.S. each year. One its main architects, Sen. David Reed (R-PA), boasted after its passage that “The racial composition of America at the present time thus is made permanent.”
“Again, not an accident, not inevitable,” Smith told viewers. “America doesn’t just have to be the dumping ground for the Third World. It’s not just like a thing that has to happen. That’s not inevitable. That our population is just like overwhelmed and overrun by foreigners who demand to be subsidized.”
Smith then played a video for the audience which illustrated the number of immigrants by country of birth from the mid-19th century through the present. At the outset the majority came from Canada and eastern European countries, although this changed after the national origin quotas were lifted in 1965.
At the end of the video, when Mexican immigrants constituted the majority of the foreign-born population, Smith claimed that “Before what we had was diversity. Before what we had was a melting pot. Now what we have, well, quite simply, it’s Mexico.” At no point, however, did Smith voice similar complaints about years when the majority of immigrants came from Ireland, Germany, or Italy.