For this month’s forum, Our Community Values (OCV) has chosen the issue of immigration. Few topics elicit so much misinformation, prejudice and outright enmity.
It is often quoted that we are a nation of immigrants, a melting pot, and that those immigrants have contributed to our greatness as a country.
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It is also true that historically immigrants have been maligned, if not overtly persecuted for their race or political/religious beliefs.
Maryland, for instance, was formed to give refuge to Catholics who were persecuted by the Puritans in Massachusetts — but did not in turn tolerate Jews or atheists. The Irish, Italians, Chinese, Mexicans, and others have in turn been singled out as being uniquely undesirable as immigrants.
But what are the facts? It surprised me
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