All Immigrants Have Been A Problem

Long before America experienced its first immigrant wave in the 19th century, this was already a wildly successful country—rich, literate and free (with one glaring exception, soon to be corrected in the only war ever fought to end slavery). We’d won a war with Great Britain, conquered the West, and invented electricity, refrigeration, suspension bridges and a democratic republic.

All immigrants have been a problem in their own way. Italian immigrants brought us organized crime, something America had never experienced before. Jewish immigrants brought us radicals, communists and anarchists, setting off bombs all over the place. Irish immigrants brought poverty and shocking levels of crime—also William Brennan and Teddy Kennedy, the two men who did more than any others to wreck our country.