Lawmakers propose immigration museum on National Mall
July 8th, 2011
07:53 AM ET
10 years ago

Lawmakers propose immigration museum on National Mall

Washington (CNN) - A group of U.S. lawmakers pushed for the creation of a "melting pot museum" on the National Mall, calling Thursday for a presidential commission to study the idea.

The Museum of the American People would focus on the role immigration and migration played in the development of American society, said Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, who introduced a bill about the museum Thursday.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - destroying the country and economy

    yes, great. because we just have soooo much spare money laying around!! What a joke these Democrats are. This just looks like yet another way of turning the illegal immigration problem we have into a really, really good thing.

    July 8, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  2. diridi

    Restrict Immigration, this is a problem, sneaking from Mexico, and Canada boarders....even from India, Pakistan, Etc, Lot of cheating is going on in immigration, now is the time to pass some stringent laws on immigration....o.k,

    July 8, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. Anders Perillo

    Pandering to the illegals in an effort to get votes much? 'Cuz everyone knows we have lots of spare cash to spend on this right now.

    July 8, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Dean

    And maybe an illegal immigration museum on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    July 8, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    One commonly overlooked fact about the history of immigration in this country is the role it has played in discrimmination and stereotyping. Immigration into the US has historically been in the form of a decade or two long wave of people coming from predominantly one country or region of the world.
    When those immigrants come to these shores, they are at the bottom of the economic scale. Their main competition for the lowest paying jobs is the previous wave of immigrants, and the former American slaves.
    Time and time again this pattern has repeated itself as each new group claimed to work harder than the previous group and former American slaves.
    At the end of the Civil War, former slaves were offered jobs where the only pay was room and board without cash. They declined those jobs because they circumstances were no different from their past slavery. But, the current immigrants claimed they were not too lazy to do the work, BUT they did get paid cash. A stereotype had begun and a pattern established that remains to this day. Every group paints black Americans as being lazy and not wanting to work.
    This stereotype runs strongly among many latino immigrants. I only need to point to the former Mexican presidents remarks about black Americans being too lazy to take low paying jobs.

    July 8, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    One of the biggest reasons for the extended surge in Latino immigrants has been the policies of the US government to attract these workers. Throughout the '80s and '90s, conservative legislation made it increasingly more attractive to hire the seemingly endless supply of cheap laborere. The flood gates burst open when Bush43 declared that companies no longer had to keep the I-9 form for INS past 3 years. That was essentially a blank check to hire as many illegals as you wished.
    Now many conservatives are saying deport them. Okay, deport them to where? Many of their countries of origin do not even know of these people because many of them lived in rural areas. When these countries say they do not know who the person is, they will be telling the truth.

    July 8, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. terry,va

    Are you sure the guy that didn't introduce the bill name isn't Jim Moron (D) ? Typical dumbocrap...spend, spend, spend the taxpayers money.

    July 8, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    "The Museum of the American People would focus on the role immigration – [SLAVERY] and migration played in the development of American society..."

    July 8, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. cindy

    What is so difficult about becoming a citizen here? My grandparents came from different countries, filed the papers,took the test and became citizens. I aman American and proud to be so!!! If you are here for job only and have no desire to become an American then you should not consider yourself entitled to ANY benefits of this country. Is that really so difficult? How "broke" are we that we can build this when there are so many things that need to be first? Its a good idea but not a priority or necessity.

    July 8, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    We need good immigration law who wants the museum

    We don’t want immigrants to live in shadow as long as they live in the shadow we don’t who they are that is not good for national security. We can’t deport every one let them pay fine we need money to save social security

    July 8, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    More wasteful spending, at a time, when we need responsible fiscal policy.

    July 8, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Fair is Fair


    And maybe an illegal immigration museum on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Thanks for the laugh. Good one!

    July 8, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. David

    Why on earth would we want to waste money on something like this? We already have a $14-plus trillion deficit. And no matter how "few" millions it would take to set up and run, it would still be millions better used elsewhere.

    July 8, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. Steve in North Carolina

    Another example of how out of touch these professional politicians are with the American people. Can't get a deficit deal done? Here's another example of why. They just want to keep on spending money we don't have.

    July 8, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |