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Thursday, October 20, 2005

'Destination America'

Oh my! How times have changed:

The most shocking image in David Grubin's "Destination America" is a headline from a Connecticut newspaper, The Bridgeport Telegram: "Stricter Immigration Laws Needed to Purify Stock of U.S. Population - Davis," with an article written by James J. Davis, secretary of labor from 1921 to 1930.

If "Destination America," a four-part PBS mini-series that begins with Parts 1 and 2 tonight, has a point of view, it is that immigrants have come to the United States for countless reasons and that immigration policies have usually been developed and adjusted according to our needs and whims at the time.

There was a time when, as the narrator says, "if you could get here, you could stay here."

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