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Dream Chasers: Immigration and the American Backlash

August 05, 2015

Immigration is part of the DNA of the United States. Whether motivated by the search for economic opportunity or by religious and political freedom, immigrants have been flocking to U.S. shores for over 400 years. Yet debates about “who belongs” and “who should be allowed in” are as old as the nation itself. Sometimes the debate focuses on economic issues, such as the supposed threats that new immigrants pose to local jobs. But just as often, the debate is about culture. Each new wave of immigration provokes anxieties about whether newcomers can assimilate into American life or whether...

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