At that time, immigration was viewed as sort of an apprenticeship leading to full membership in an open, confident and growing country with plenty of room.
Not that it was “equal opportunity”, far from it.
….The doors were more open for white Europeans than for members of other groups, like the Chinese and Japanese, who were almost entirely shut out. Many white immigrants – the Irish, Italians, European Jews – suffered profound discrimination once they arrived.
What should immigration be, really? A Professor Motomura has recently published a book, mentioned in passing in the NYT MSM editorial, “Americans in Waiting” – see contents and review http://papers.ssrn.c…
Our state projects up to 35% shortages in certain kinds of employment; many areas of our country are emptying, declining populations.
Just as the far right has taken over the discussion of taxes, so that the dynamic has become an “us against them” divide and counquer, rather than “what do we all need, let’s pay for it” – the immigration debate seems to have been hijacked as well. Professor Motomura’s book looks interesting. I may just have to take the time to read it.