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LONG BEFORE TRUMP, AMERICA'S LOVE-HATE STANCE ON IMMIGRATION

Demonstrators in Chicago protest against Donald Trump's ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries (AFP Photo/Scott Olson)

Jeremy Tordjman | AFP

"Washington (AFP) - America's distinction as a nation of immigrants -- that bedrock of its national identity -- has helped fuel the outpouring of outrage over President Donald Trump's travel ban. But it's hardly the first time that its borders have slammed shut.

"A look back in time reveals that the history of immigration in America has been far from clear-cut, with many swings and contradictory messages.

" 'On the one hand, taking pride of being a nation of immigrants,' says Julie Greene of the University of Maryland. 'But at the same time, a long and complex history of trying to figure out whom to allow in and whom to exclude.'

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Image: Demonstrators in Chicago protest against Donald Trump's ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries (AFP Photo by Scott Olson)

Date of Publication: 
2/3/17