POLITICAL GENEALOGY

Chain Migration: What’s Changed?

Scottish family with 9 children upon arrival in New York City, 1890

The immigration debate is permeated by a forgetful nostalgia that frequently bubbles up the declaration, “But my ancestors came here legally!” Others have explained that this ignores how incredibly easy this was to do until the 1920s, so I’d like to address a few additional, underappreciated aspects of chain migration that seem to have been conveniently forgotten.

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Megan Smolenyak

Megan Smolenyak

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Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! You may not know me, but chances are you’ve seen my work. (www.MeganSmolenyak.com)