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In most cases nowadays a person acquires civic rights by being born within the frontiers of a State. The race or nationality to which he may belong plays no role whatsoever. The child of a Negro who once lived in one of the German protectorates and now takes up his residence in Germany automatically becomes a 'German Citizen' in the eyes of the world. In the same way the child of any Jew, Pole, African or Asian may automatically become a German Citizen. Besides naturalization that is acquired through the fact of having been born within the confines of a State there exists another kind of naturalization which can be acquired later. This process is subject to various preliminary requirements. For example one condition is that, if possible, the applicant must not be a burglar or a common street thug. It is required of him that his political attitude is not such as to give cause for uneasiness; in other words he must be a harmless simpleton in politics. It is required that he shall not be a burden to the State of which he wishes to become a citizen. In this realistic epoch of ours this last condition naturally only means that he must not be a financial burden. If the affairs of the candidate are such that it appears likely he will turn out to be a good taxpayer, that is a very important consideration and will help him to obtain civic rights all the more rapidly.
The question of race plays no part at all.
I realize fully that nobody likes to hear these things. But it would be difficult to find anything more illogical or more insane than our contemporary laws in regard to State citizenship.
At present there exists one State which manifests at least some modest attempts that show a better appreciation of how things ought to be done in this matter. It is not, however, in our model German Republic but in the U.S.A. that efforts are made to conform at least partly to the counsels of commonsense. By refusing immigrants to enter there if they are in a bad state of health, and by excluding certain races from the right to become naturalized as citizens, they have begun to introduce principles similar to those on which we wish to ground the People's State.
Originally posted by ben91069
I think it is apparent (maybe) that there is a percieved benefit to have a certain population of immigrants to perform labor that no one else wants, in order to run the lower levels of the economy for the benefit of everyone else in higher classes.
posted by ben91069
Hitler makes the case in Chapter 3, that they had a serious immigration problem and that the US was a better model then, than they had, by the statements that the US did not allow certain races, the unhealthy, etc. into the country. [Edited by Don W]
What seems strange is that Hitler believed that immigrants were one of Germany's problems and therefore developed a solution but it does not present the impact of how taking away lower classes would benefit Germany. Of course these are just thoughts and ideas, but history usual repeats itself.
Originally posted by donwhite
Seriously, since “Immigrant” and “Emigrant” are pronounced the same in English, I wonder if Hitler was worried about an out-bound migration from Germany rather than in influx of strangers into Germany? If the latter, I’d wonder where the new-comers originated? Germany’s economic conditions by the mid-1920s were probably the worst in Europe - save the new USSR. People don’t usually migrate from bad to worse. It would never occur to me to quote A. Hitler, except tin some diabolical setting.
[edit on 11/5/2006 by donwhite]