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Opinion
Mark Trahant: Entering the immigration debate


"Historians generally chart four great waves of mass migration that people this continent, following the first arrival of the Europeans. I am not so sure; I see America's story as essentially one constant frame of mass migration that began in the 17th century and continues (albeit with a brief interruption from about 1915 to 1964). The version of history suggests that mass migration to the United States is the norm, not an aberration.

Perhaps that angle might explain why the immigration debate is so emotional. Every generation wants to codify the single definition of what it means to be an American. Franklin's standard considered English dress, powdered wigs and the common law. His time was fearful of the uncivilized nature of the newcomers.

But immigration is different now, readers tell me, because Mexicans will not give up their culture."

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