Time, “What History Can Tell Us About the Fallout From Restricting Immigration”

JAPAN - JULY 24: Anti-American Japanese demonstrators protest against Japanese exclusion clause in new American immigration bill. This is one of the gangs that invaded the American section of Tokyo. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Influenced by concerns about the racial “fitness” of Southern and Eastern Europeans, this legislation was also inspired by fears that so-called aliens would import poverty and disease, as well as hostile foreign ideas like anarchism, Bolshevism and Catholicism.

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