Anti-immigrant rhetoric has filled the airwaves during the early months of the 2016 presidential race, especially since Syrian refugees began pouring into Europe and terrorist attacks shook Paris, Beirut, and other places. But this rhetoric is not new. Despite its reputation for welcoming the “huddled masses” to our shores, U.S. immigration and refugee policies have served to shut doors to tens of thousands of desperate “tempest-tossed” people seeking safe haven from religious, political, and military strife.
In this talk, Dean Amy J. Kinsel shares some of the reasons the U.S. has shut the door to immigrants and refugees in the past and compares past American immigration and refugee policies to the situation today.
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