The nation has been swept up in a battle over immigration reform all year. As Congress and the President struggle to enact new legislation, the debate so far has been characterized by an almost complete lack of reference to history, economics, and basic research on the matter. Reason seeks to enrich the discussion, first and foremost by raising the question of whether there is, in fact, an immigration crisis in the first place.
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from late-19th and early-20th century political magazines such as
The Wasp and Judge. These images showcase not
just the animus against but also the ambivalence toward newcomers
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