Op-Ed: California’s first attempt to pass anti-immigrant laws dates back to the Gold Rush
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Op-Ed: California’s first attempt to pass anti-immigrant laws dates back to the Gold Rush

Today we can also see that Frémont’s initial vision for California prevailed. Despite his flirtation with nativism, modern California did become a global marketplace of people and ideas, “commingling together the European, American and Asiatic races.” Cynical political maneuvers did enormous damage, but could not stop progress — a perspective worth remembering in our own turbulent times. Continue reading

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Texas just became the first state to shut the door on refugees

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks in late 2015, Texas and 30 other states declared they no longer wanted to take in some of the 5.6 million Syrians who have been displaced since 2011 by the ongoing civil war. But at that time, states didn’t have the legal authority to simply refuse refugees; that was the prerogative of the federal government.
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