A little bit of history repeating

Today’s edition of The Daily Beast featured a quote roundup of anti-immigrant rhetoric from across American history, including this gem:

“Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Languages or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion.”

Benjamin Franklin, “Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind,” 1751

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