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Immigration, Redux

February 11, 2017

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It is time to visit immigration-land once again, especially to correct many absurd and patently wrong assumptions about this hot button issue. The first immigrants to North America were, of course, the ancestors of the American Indians who arrived maybe fifteen or twenty thousand years ago. The second wave of immigrants were your ancestors and […]

On Walls

February 11, 2017

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You know, as an historian, one can get cynical about the human condition. A short sampling of modern “wall” phrase making might include the following: Ronald Reagan:    “Tear down this wall!” Donald Trump:    “Build the wall!” Robert Frost:        “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall” And we could add the more memorable line in […]

Immigration and the Bible

April 24, 2016

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When not tending my garden or working on my current writing projects, my attention is often drawn to life today and life yesterday. Or, put another way, my tendency is to compare how we live today and how we lived yesterday. And by yesterday I feel free to range from yesterday, literally, which would be […]

Immigrants in U. S. and Europe Vastly Different

February 15, 2015

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I am going to explore the obvious here, but sometimes the obvious is, well, so obvious that we tend to ignore it. At its simplest level, the major streams of modern immigration into Europe are vastly different from the major streams of modern immigration into the United States. Most of the immigrants going into Europe […]

Immigration

September 29, 2014

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The first immigrants to North America were the ancestors of the American Indians. They wandered across the Beringean land bridge between Alaska and Siberia during one of the Ice Ages, hunting and gathering, slowly making their way down into North, Central, and South America. The second wave of immigrants were your ancestors and mine–conquistadors, English […]

A (Very) Short History of Immigration

September 13, 2011

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Since immigration has become such a contentious issue in American life, I thought a short history of immigration might help all parties make their arguments with greater historical accuracy, and thus persuade their opponents to fall on their swords and accept the finality of their points of view. Or, not. To begin, we need definitions. […]

The Face of Illegal Immigration

August 7, 2011

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In the complicated calculus of how to treat illegals, we often lose sight of the human being. We throw statistics at each other, claim the high ground of law or call upon Christian compassion. We argue from the point of view of economics, tradition, honor or patriotism, and sometimes even throw in the Constitution, thinking […]