Hundreds of articles about immigration to the United States have been published over the years in various magazines, books, and online sites. Indeed, a few dozen articles about immigration have been published in this newsletter alone. To my knowledge, the numbers and facts mentioned in all of those articles have been quite accurate. I would suggest, however, the more interesting facts and statistics are the ones that were never mentioned in most articles.
Much has been written about the 47 million Europeans and Asians who entered the various ports of entry from 1820 through 1960. For all that, how many of those articles ever mention the fact that more than one-third of those immigrants RETURNED to their homelands?
First, roughly 2 percent of the immigrants who landed at Ellis Island never went any further; they were immediately returned to their homelands. (Reference: Encyclopedia.com at https://bit.ly/3aIsdEJ.) I cannot find any statistics for those rejected at Angel Island in San Francisco, but I suspect the percentage of rejects was much higher there due to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, establishing the prerogative of the federal government to raise restrictive barriers against specific national groups and to mark them as permanently foreign, aliens without rights.
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