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In the 1750s, who said this about which immigrants?
by repost
Monday Jul 2nd, 2018 7:12 PM
"As one complainant put it, "Few of their children in the country learn English...The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages...Unless the stream of the importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious."
From:
A Wall Won't Fix Immigration, by Jim Hightower, 7/1/18 at:
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/07/01/wall-wont-fix-immigration

"That's not some diatribe from one of today's Republican congress critters. It's the anxious cry of none other than Ben Franklin, deploring the wave of Germans pouring into the colony of Pennsylvania in the 1750s. Thus, anti-immigrant eruptions are older than the U.S. itself, and they've flared up periodically throughout our history, targeting the Irish, French, Italians and Chinese among others. Even Donald Trump's current proposal to wall off our border is not a new bit of nuttiness — around the time of the nation's founding, John Jay, who later became the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, proposed "a wall of brass around the country for the exclusion of Catholics.""

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Be sure to read the rest of the article as it gives a good perspectives on the failings of both the Democrats and Republicans on immigration with a chili cook-off at the end that demonstrates the futility of walls!