The long history of disease in anti-immigrant rhetoric

The World

There is absolutely no data to support claims that migrants bring a high risk of disease. But the trope of diseased migrants threatening Americans is an old one. Host Marco Werman speaks with Erika Lee, professor of immigration history at the University of Minnesota. Her forthcoming book is called "America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States."

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