Given all the recent news coverage, it is easy to mistake immigration reform as a unique 21st century debate.
Few deny that immigrants are the bedrock of our nation. But how to integrate them legally and culturally has been a hotly debated topic since the first large influx came to America at the end of the 19th century.
Through photos, we examine immigration throughout the decades to learn from the people and politics of our common history.
Click here to view other posts in the ongoing Monday Great Immigration Debate slideshow series.
The Wise Latina Club’s Dulce-Marie Flecha is a rising senior at Penn State. When she is not writing her honors thesis, she is trying to learn a fourth language, feeding her fashion obsession by Googling her favorite designers’, or begging the Yankees to hit with runners in scoring position. Click here to read more about and connect with Dulce-Marie.
The Great Immigration Debate Slideshow is part of the original TWLC series “Anatomy of an Immigration Debate.” Posts analyze the charged political and social context of this debate and the extraordinary demographic changes confirmed by the 2010 U.S. Census that are re-defining and challenging our notion of the body politic as articulated in the motto imprinted on American currency “E pluribus unum”–”Out of Many, One.” Click here to read previous entries.
What can our history teach us about the current immigration debate?