Shades of shameful past in anti-immigrant agenda

The anti-migrant brigade know no limits in their efforts to gain support through fear and hatred of “others” and the “unknown.” It’s just strange that neither they nor the American public take the time to recognize how much this current mob scene mimics are terrible past. Aren’t we supposed to learn from history?

Shades of shameful past in anti-immigrant agenda
By Peter Schrag
Article Launched: 12/31/2007 01:38:55 AM PST

Who said this?

“Immigration to this country is increasing and is making its greatest relative increase from races most alien to the body of the American people and from the lowest and most illiterate classes among those races . . . half of whom have no occupation and most of whom represent the rudest form of labor.

“The immigrants who come to the United States reduce the rate of wages by ruinous competition, and then take their savings out of the country. Home as a foreign country. . . . They have no interest or stake in country and never become American citizens.” Many, he went on, are genetically prone to crime, insanity and disease.

The author, in a pair of articles on “The Restriction of Immigration” for The Atlantic magazine in 1891, was Rep. (later Sen.) Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts. His undesirables were Jews, Italians, Poles and Hungarians, people like GOP Rep. Tom Tancredo’s Sicilian great-grandparents. In those days, of course, everybody was undocumented.


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