The Immigration Nerds Talk About the History of US Immigration to Understand Sentiments Today

After our Build Back Better episode, we find it important to reflect on the history of US immigration and how it affects sentiments on migration today. Namely, examining historically overlooked regions such as Hawaii and Cuba and the precedents established there. Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College, Kent Weber joins.

Professor Weber’s research explores how systems of US immigration control and overseas expansion have informed one another in US history. His current book project examines the enforcement of the U.S. Chinese exclusion laws in overseas territories at the turn of the twentieth century.