Rush Limbaugh Gives History Lesson On Immigration

RUSH: As you know, I’m a history buff.  I think there are a lot of lessons in history, and I want to share some history with you now.  I’ve spoken frequently in recent months about how immigration to the United States was more than curtailed.  It was suspended in the early 1920s.  From 1924 to 1965 we didn’t have any immigration.  You’d be amazed still at the number of people who are hearing that for the first time and don’t know it.  That simply is not part of the American education curriculum, especially now.  I know I didn’t learn that in school, at any level of school.

But it is particularly relevant today because the left and Obama and the United Nations are all accusing the United States of these horrific acts of bigotry and inhumane treatment and behavior of people and so forth. And they want to try to create this impression that we are reaching new depths, that the United States is sinking to new lows, and it’s a terrible shame what’s happened because of the right wing bigotry and the closed-mindedness and all of that that exists in this country.

So I think it would be very useful and helpful here just to review a little history to let you know that what we propose today and what many Americans support today is actually traditionally American.  It is not new.  It is not unprecedented.  It is historical.  No immigration, 1924 to 1965.  The reason was that we had seen a flood of immigrants to the country and we had to assimilate them. We took time to assimilate those who had come to America. They wanted to be Americans.  They wanted to assimilate.  They did not want to establish Balkanized beachheads of their countries.  They did not forget their native cultures.  They held on to them and they lived in neighborhoods, but they wanted to be Americans.  They knew what being an American meant, compared to where they lived and where they were from.  They wanted everything about America that they could get and they wanted to work hard for it.  You know the drill.

But there was another reason why immigration was curtailed in the early 1920s.  And would you be surprised to learn that that reason was terrorist attacks?  There were acts of terror committed in the United States, mostly from groups, the so-called anarchist groups.  They were really mostly communists.  But, for instance, September 6th, 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist in Buffalo, New York.  And in the early 1900s there were a number of bombings and bombing attempts committed by these anarchists, the majority of whom were from southern and central and eastern Europe.  They were part of this massive immigration that took place in the country, the late 1800s into the early 1900s.

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