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immigration



  • Julie Hirschfeld Davis & Michael D. Shear: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration

    by Chris Riback

    But it turns out, the immigration story — the historical American experience and the current realities — serves as an incredibly useful way to consider the entire Trump presidency: Obsession, chaos, fear, depravity, and yet – meaningful, important, and potentially-lasting change that has shifted not only how the world views America, but how we view ourselves.


  • Refugees in an Age of Immigration Restrictionism

    by Erik Christiansen

    Each new stage in the Trump administration’s handling of refugees and immigrants invites comparisons to past policies. Usually that means talking about the Obama years, or maybe the 1986 immigration reforms.  But it’s worth looking back further to the restrictionist era of the 1920s and 30s.  



  • How Italians Became ‘White’

    by Brent Staples

    Italians who had come to the country as “free white persons” were often marked as black because they accepted “black” jobs in the Louisiana sugar fields or because they chose to live among African-Americans.


  • When Republicans Encouraged Immigration

    by Jason H. Silverman

    Whereas Trump espouses a “go back where you came from” ideology, Abraham Lincoln endorsed the first, last, and only bill in American history to actually encourage immigration.