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Building Walls: Immigration Restrictions in American History

Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Professor Bruce Zellers, B.A., M.A. - Oakland University

There are many paradoxical things about the United States, but chief among those is our attitude toward immigration. On one hand, we are a nation settled by immigrant exiles from Europe; on the other hand each new wave of immigrants provokes anxiety and fear. Politicians are quick to stir things up: Ben Franklin began his political career attaching Germans and the Federalists passed the Alien Acts to hinder French immigration. And so it goes. Thus, efforts by politicians today to build walls are part of a long tradition. The question is: why does this tradition exist?

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