March 12, 2017

Patrick (Pat) Anthony McCarran, lived 1876 to 1954, help build the modern day Nevada we see today. He was a true leader here in Nevada and the people in his day respected and elected him over and over to a host of different offices over some 50 years. McCarran was a JKF type anti-communist Democrat and stood for everything Harry Reid stands against. But McCarran’s many accomplishments, like building the Las Vegas Airport named after him, doesn’t count to Harry Reid types when you don’t tow the new Democratic Party line. Harry Reid has been conducting a campaign to steal the Las Vegas Airport name from McCarran over the last couple of years by slandering a great man who’s not around to defend himself. So we must defend him and defend our heritage.

Pat McCarran held the following positions:

Nevada State Assemblyman                                       1903 to 1904

District Attorney for Nye County                                1909 to 1909

Nevada State Supreme Court Judge                          1912 to 1918

Nevada State Supreme Court Chief Justice              1917 to 1918

Served on the state Board of Pardons                       1913 to 1919

President of the Nevada Bar Association                  1920 to 1921

United States Senator                                                   1932 to 1954


U.S. Sen. Pat McCarran’s legislative accomplishments:

Authored the first Separate Air Force Bill                                  1933

Civil Aeronautics Act                                                                      1939

Silver Purchase Act                                                                         1939 & 1946

Reorganization Act                                                                          1945

Federal Airports Act                                                                        1945

Internal Security Act                                                                        1951

Immigration & Nationality Act                                                       1952

It is the last two laws that have Harry Reid and his supporters so upset. McCarran was an ardent anti-communist and believed in controlling our borders by limiting entry to those who had marketable skills, weren’t criminals and weren’t Anti-American in any way.

As reported:

 In September 1950, he was the chief sponsor of the McCarran Internal Security Act. This legislation required registration with the Attorney General of the American Communist Party and affiliated organizations and established the Subversive Activities Control Board to investigate possible Communist-action and Communist-front organizations so they could be required to register. Due to numerous hearings, delays and appeals, the act was never enforced, even with regard to the United States Communist Party itself, and the major provisions of the act were found to be unconstitutional in 1965 and 1967. [1]

The Act abolished racial restrictions found in United States immigration and naturalization statutes going back to the Naturalization Act of 1790. The 1952 Act retained a quota system for nationalities and regions. Eventually, the Act established a preference system which determined which ethnic groups were desirable immigrants and placed great importance on labor qualifications.

The Act defined three types of immigrants: immigrants with special skills or relatives of U.S. citizens who were exempt from quotas and who were to be admitted without restrictions; average immigrants whose numbers were not supposed to exceed 270,000 per year; and refugees.

The Act allowed the government to deport immigrants or naturalized citizens engaged in subversive activities and also allowed the barring of suspected subversives from entering the country. It was used to bar members and former members and “fellow travelers” of the Communist Party from entry into the United States, even those who had not been associated with the party for decades.

It expanded the definition of the “United States” for nationality purposes, which already included Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, to add Guam. Persons born in these territories on or after December 24, 1952 acquire U.S. citizenship at birth on the same terms as persons born in other parts of the United States

A 1962 guideline explained procedures under the Act:

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 requires an alien to apply for a petition for naturalization. This form may be obtained from any office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a division of the Department of Justice or from any court authorized to naturalize aliens.

Before applying, an alien must be at least 18 years old and must have been lawfully admitted to live permanently in the United States. He must have lived in the United States for five years and for the last six months in the state where he seeks to be naturalized. In some cases, he need only have lived three years in the United States. He must be of good moral character and “attached to the principles of the Constitution”. The law states that an alien is not of good moral character if he is a drunkard, has committed adultery, has more than one wife, makes his living by gambling, has lied to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, has been in jail more than 180 days for any reason during his five years in the United States, or is a convicted murderer. [2]

U.S. Senator Pat McCarran certainly wasn’t politically correct by the Democrat’s standards of today. McCarran was an opponent of the New Deal and fought open border policies back then. He fought the communist threat within our nation, a threat, by any measure that has spread to every corner of our institutions today. From the classrooms to our Universities, to the Bernie Sanders Soviet style self-proclaimed new socialists who have taken over the Democratic Party of Nevada today.

In fact, President Trump’s immigration travel restrictions outlined in his first executive order was based on U.S. Senator Pat McCarran’s Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, giving the President broad powers to limit people entering the US based on national origin and political beliefs. The principle that the United States gets to decide who to allow in and who not to, based on what’s best for the U.S. economically, socially and politically was established by U.S. Senator Pat McCarran. And that is why Harry Reid and the liberals want to banish him from the U.S. Capitol, steal his name from “McCarran Airport” and give it to Harry Reid.

What has Harry Reid done for Nevada that has earned him the right to steal the McCarran Airport name? Sen. McCarran actually wrote the legislation called the Federal Airports Act of 1945 that funded and provided the law for the creation of the national airport system which led to the creation of the Las Vegas International Airport. Sen. McCarran actually wrote the law creating the FAA. Sen. McCarran actually wrote the law creating the Air Force as a separate branch from the Army.

To rename McCarran Airport after Harry Reid would be like renaming the Hoover Dam after Dina Titus or Lake Mead after Ruben Kihuen. It’s a form of grave robbing. The people of Nevada named the Airport after Pat McCarran because they valued his life’s work contributing to making Nevada and America great. Lets honor our heritage and the men and women who built our country and built Nevada.

Rob Lauer

Political Reporter


  1. Source: Fried, Richard M. (1990). Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective. Oxford University Press. p. 187. ISBN 0-19-504361-8.
  2. Source: U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual Volume 7 – Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State. 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2016-01-12.

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