That we are, as President John F. Kennedy once wrote, "a nation of immigrants" is indisputable.1 The founding of the United States of America was a complex process of transforming a vast territory into an established society with its own culture, mores, and institutions dedicated to liberty. This process, of course, relied heavily on a stream of immigrants who were active participants in the physical, economic, and intellectual development of our nation.
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