KnowSomething is your go-to resource for content related to US immigration policy.
As this resource continues to grow and proliferate, this will also become a source for commentary from prominent political figures and academics on the issue of immigration both nationally and globally.
- On the homepage, you’ll find an aggregation of top content from around the web, with top articles listed both by relevance (Top Immigration Articles) and by chronological order (Latest Immigration News).
- You’ll also find profiles on all 2020 presidential candidates and their positions on immigration policies.
- Lastly, we’ve created an archive of content related to how other countries are positioned when it comes to immigration.
What does “KnowSomething” mean?
KnowSomething is meant to be the antithesis of the ever-resurgent Know-Nothing party.
The Know-Nothing party, which is a byname of the American Party, was U.S. political party that flourished in the 1850s. The Know-Nothing party was an outgrowth of the strong anti-immigrant and especially anti-Roman Catholic sentiment that started to manifest itself during the 1840s. A rising tide of immigrants, primarily Germans in the Midwest and Irish in the East, seemed to pose a threat to the economic and political security of native-born Protestant Americans.
The Know-Nothings believed that immigrants would bring crime, would never assimilate to become Americans, and would bring religious and political beliefs that would damage America.
Luckily, the Know-Nothings were never successful in their efforts to restrict immigration. Instead we had the greatest period of immigration we have ever had–the Ellis Island era. The immigrants and their descendants (40% of Americans today) have been critical in making America great. Had the Know-Nothings been successful in preventing them from coming, the United States would not be the economic and military power that it is.
Modern day Know-Nothings echo these same tired and wrong arguments. Our economic security, military security, and Social Security depend on the defeat of their uneducated (and often hateful) arguments.
Steve Kuhn is the founder of the IDEAL Immigration – a transformative initiative in improving America’s socioeconomic well-being through immigration reform. Having served on the board of directors of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to providing high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation, for over five years, Steve has gained first-hand experience in assisting immigrants through their journey to live and work in the US.