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Volume XIV, Number 3 | April / May 2022


In 1639 Puritan settlers in Massachusetts authorized the expulsion of “pauper aliens” in what is thought to be the first case of deportation in the country. Soon after, Virginia and Pennsylvania passed laws heavily restricting “the importation of paupers,” which included criminals and “foreigners and Irish servants.”

Whole nations have melted away like balls of snow before the sun.

—Dragging Canoe, 1775

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