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Hostility toward recent immigrants a long American tradition

16 July 2012 No Comment
by Thomas  F. Schaller
July 16, 2012

Not surprisingly, former President George W. Bush — son of a president, grandson of a U.S. senator, first offspring produced by the marriage of the blueblooded Bush and Walker families — is a Mayflower descendant. President Barack Obama’s roots go almost that deep: He is a descendant of Thomas Blossom, who arrived in Plymouth Colony less than a decade after the Mayflower landed.

America’s two most recent presidents are distant cousins. But what distinguishes them from most of the rest of us is merely their ancestors’ earlier time of disembarkation, and maybe the place from where those ancestors initially departed. Unless you’re Mohawk or Mohican, Wampanoag or Wenatchi, you’re not really “from here.”

That being the case, why is there so much consternation about the latest, Latino-dominated generation of American immigrants?

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