By Laura Carlsen, Americas Program
August 12, 2013
The United States has always had mixed feelings about its immigrants.
The country and its people take pride in their history as a “nation of immigrants”, and celebrate the diversity and bold spirits of pioneers who came from other countries in search of freedom and prosperity.
But many of those immigrants, in fact, faced bitter discrimination and violence in the new land. Africans forced over as slaves, the 19-century waves of poor Irish and Italians, Japanese during World War II and Muslims after 9-11—all suffered the sting of anti-immigrant sentiment.
That ambivalence has surfaced again as Congress grapples with how to fix the “broken” immigration system. [...]
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