Immigration Act

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Public charge rule has history of ‘racial exclusion,’ says immigration historian


Two California counties are suing the Trump Administration to block a new rule that would make it harder for immigrants to gain permanent residency in the US. But the “public charge” rule isn’t anything new.

US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on immigration reform at a podium in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, May 16, 2019

Can a ‘merit-based’ immigration system like Canada’s or Australia’s work in the US?

An 1882 cartoon print shows an Irishman confronting Uncle Sam in a boarding house filled with laborers.

Trump administration’s ‘public charge’ provision has roots in colonial US

Sketch of an ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty. 1887. Credit: The Library of Congress

How did it come to this? The evolution of immigration.