Due to an influx of Anthro-feralis immigrants from Australia, rising biological concerns stemming from prejudice and fear that members of the species may be violent or aggressive or transmitters of disease, and general xenophobia, President Michael Rivers proposed in 2010 that Anthro-feralis immigration from Australia be banned at least temporarily.
In 2013, with a majority vote, the United States Congress decided to enact this new policy, and it became law in Rivers's second term.
The ban was not well received by the Australian government, and its implementation strained the relationship between the two countries. It was also criticized by the previous Gore Administration. Domestically, Anthro-feralis living in the United States cried out that the bill was based on fear-mongering and predjudice. In addition many Americans who were not Anthro-feralis criticized the ban for its racist undertones, such as Frank Whitaker.
The Trump Administration following in 2016 upheld the measure as part of its anti-refugee and immigrant policies. It did not rescind the ban and neither did any Presidential administrations afterwards. In fact, spurred onward by CLAW terrorist incidents, it attempted to further the law by signing an executive order to apply to countries worldwide. Fortunately for Anthro-feralis and their supporters, this was struck down as unconstitutional.
The Obama Administration attempted to revisit the issue in 2025 and potentially reopen immigration, but a combination of external international conflicts drawing attention away and the motion stagnating in legislature resulted in the reopening proposal going nowhere.
Modern Day Edit
The Anti-Anthro ban remains in effect as of 2029.
Following the Anti-Anthro act, the number of incidents of violence from and attacks by CLAW increased within the United States. This has made the act controversial, with some officials and members of the public desiring to crack down harder on Anthro-feralis suspects, while others blame the act itself and see it as the cause in the first place.
There is controversy that the Center for Disease Control may have either carelessly published incorrect information or exaggerated the propensity of Anthro-feralis being vectors for disease, which could have influenced the passing of the Act in Congres and public opinion.
The ban applies specifically only to Anthro-feralis from Australia. Humanoid immigrants from Australia are unaffected.
- Anthro-feralis are forbidden from immigrating to the United States or any of its territories from Australia. Visitation is still permitted.
- Anthro-feralis entering the country from Australia are denied legal residence within the United States.
- Anthro-feralis Australians living in the United States legally before 2013 are allowed to remain and pursue citizenship.
- Work and study visas in excess of six months are not permitted and may not be renewed after initial expiration.