Immigration History Repeating Itself Judson Professor Shows the Parallels during Talk at Gail Borden Library
Chinwah, Larissa, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Larissa Chinwah Daily Herald Staff Writer
A month after one local League of Women Voters was forced to cancel a discussion on immigration, another chapter brought the discussion to the table without incident.
More than 40 people braved the freezing weather to attend a League of Women Voters of the Elgin Area presentation on immigration history at Gail Borden Library in Elgin.
Craig Kaplowitz, associate professor of history at Judson College, led the crowd through three distinct immigration policy regimes, presenting an informative hourlong look at immigration history from the Naturalization Act of 1790 to the Hart-Celler Act of 1965.
"Immigration is an issue we have dealt with since our founding - sometimes more intensely than others, but we see a lot of parallels," said Kaplowitz, who has taught at Judson College since 2002.
Kaplowitz described immigration as an "issue like no other."
"It is safe to say in America it touches on a number of different mechanisms that few policy discussions do," Kaplowitz said. "It is an issue that confuses a lot of the mechanisms that we rely on to determine where we stand on the issue and so it creates a lot of odd alliances and odd combinations."
In addition, where the issue is most divisive is uncommon, Kaplowitz said.
"The issue is more polarized outside of Washington, D.C., than inside Washington, D. …