The majority of people opposed to Obama’s immigration policies are not opposed to immigration in general but to what America has become in particular. The great waves of immigration that built America happened when the government of the United States was relatively small.
There was no Federal Department of Education, no Great Society, no food stamps, no Medicare, no Social Security, little tax-payer funding of college education (if any), no national healthcare, and no burdening income tax that affected the middle class.
The federal income tax amendment was not passed until 1913 and affected only a very small segment of society. There was no wealth redistribution like we see today. Those who voted for the 16th Amendment believed that only the rich would be taxed. How wrong they were.
Those immigrating to the United States 100 years ago and before could not rely upon the largess of the national government or even state governments to take care of them financially.
In 1782, Benjamin Franklin wrote a pamphlet called “Information to Those Who Would Remove to America.” Many Europeans wanting to immigrate to America had some unrealistic beliefs about what it would be like, and Franklin set them straight. He mentions the 36th Article of the Constitution of Pennsylvania in which people who desire to reside in the state shouldn’t have any illusions of what to expect…
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