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A 1758 rendering of the expulsion of the Acadians, an event that influenced early U.S. views on immigration
A 1758 rendering of the expulsion of the Acadians, an event that influenced early U.S. views on immigration

Source: Public Domain

A depiction of the lynching of Italians in New Orleans in 1891
A depiction of the lynching of Italians in New Orleans in 1891

Source: Public Domain

A Mexican family enjoying the beach on the U.S. side of the border fence
A Mexican family enjoying the beach on the U.S. side of the border fence

Source: Public Domain

A monument at the Tijuana-San Diego border to those who have died while crossing the U.S.-Mexican border
A monument at the Tijuana-San Diego border to those who have died while crossing the U.S.-Mexican border

Source: Tomas Castelazo

A sign near the U.S.-Mexico border warning in Spanish: "Caution! Do not expose your life to the elements. There is no potable water. It's not worth it!"
A sign near the U.S.-Mexico border warning in Spanish: "Caution! Do not expose your life to the elements. There is no potable water. It's not worth it!"

Source: Wikimedia Commons

A street sign at the U.S.-Mexico border
A street sign at the U.S.-Mexico border

Source: Toksave

A warning sign at the U.S.-Canada border
A warning sign at the U.S.-Canada border

Source: Public Domain

An 1888 cartoon from Puck magazine lamenting the perceived loss of jobs of native born American workers to immigrants
An 1888 cartoon from Puck magazine lamenting the perceived loss of jobs of native born American workers to immigrants

Source: Public Domain

Arizonan opponents of illegal immigration, Republican State Senator Russell Pearce (left), sponsor of SB1070, and Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio, who promotes himself as "America's toughest sheriff"
Arizonan opponents of illegal immigration, Republican State Senator Russell Pearce (left), sponsor of SB1070, and Maricopa County's Joe Arpaio, who promotes himself as "America's toughest sheriff"

Source: Phoenician Patriot

Early twentieth-century immigrants on Ellis Island
Early twentieth-century immigrants on Ellis Island

Source: National Archives

Ellis Island in 1905
Ellis Island in 1905

Source: Public Domain

Health officials examining detainees at the Angel Island, California Immigration Station around 1917
Health officials examining detainees at the Angel Island, California Immigration Station around 1917

Source: Public Domain (The National Archives)

Immigrant inspection at Ellis Island
Immigrant inspection at Ellis Island

Source: National Park Service

Immigrants at Ellis Island
Immigrants at Ellis Island

Source: National Park Service

Protesters against Arizona's strict law on illegal immigration
Protesters against Arizona's strict law on illegal immigration

Source: Arasmus Photo

Supporters of Arizona's strict law on illegal immigration
Supporters of Arizona's strict law on illegal immigration

Source: Arizona Tea Party, Diane Burnett. Used by permission.

Suspected illegal immigrants at a U.S. detention facility
Suspected illegal immigrants at a U.S. detention facility

Source: Public Domain

The main building at Ellis Island
The main building at Ellis Island

Source: National Park Service

The Statue of Liberty greeted many immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty greeted many immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island

Source: National Park Service

The U.S. border fence near El Paso
The U.S. border fence near El Paso

Source: Public Domain

The U.S.-Mexican border at Tijuana
The U.S.-Mexican border at Tijuana

Source: Public Domain

U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback
U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback

Source: Public Domain

U.S. Border Patrol guards intercepting illegal immigrants from Mexico in Southern California
U.S. Border Patrol guards intercepting illegal immigrants from Mexico in Southern California

Source: Public Domain

U.S. President Barack Obama meeting with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
U.S. President Barack Obama meeting with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Source: Public Domain

Workers in Mexico seeking legal employment in the United States as part of the Bracero program, 1954
Workers in Mexico seeking legal employment in the United States as part of the Bracero program, 1954

Source: Public Domain/ LA Times