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A Shifting Course: Immigrants

Fromcolonialtimestothepresent,theUnitedStateshasneverbeenunited initsattitudestowardnewcomers.Admissionistshavepressedforanopen door,restrictionistsacloseddoor.ThelateBarbaraJordan,aschairofthe UnitedStatesCommissiononImmigrationReform,representedtheadmissionistswhenshewrote:"TheUnitedStateshasbeenandshouldcontinuetobeanationofimmigrants.Awell-regulatedsystemoflegal immigrationisinournationalinterest."ButJordanalsoacknowledged, "Therehavealwaysbeenthosewhodespisedthenewcomers.Thehistory ofAmericanimmigrationpolicyisfullofracismandethnicprejudice."1