Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Greaser Law of 1855

During the last year we heard a lot about the State of Arizona and how bad they were for passing their current immigration laws. Throughout California there was a collective idea that this sort of law could not pass in California. This is unfortunately not altogether true.

In 1855, the California State Legislature passed what was known as the "Greaser Law of 1855." It allowed for the arrest and incarceration of those persons who were the issue of "Spanish and Indian blood." In the vernacular of today this person would be known primarily as Mexican. This was California State Statute number 175 and it was made when the State of California was but 5 years young.

They also passed some laws regarding regular stuff but this law always intrigued me, especially when all this Arizona bashing broke out. I am sure that this too shall pass in some manner.