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Anti-immigration tide not new to America

Nativist sentiments were directed against incoming Irish and German Catholics in the 1830s

New immigrants in the US have created a sense of alienation among members of the white minority, who feel their core national and religious values are being challenged by foreigners at home and abroad.

A STRONG anti-immigration sentiment was sweeping America. Americans who were born and raised in the United States were concerned that with hundreds of thousands of foreigners arriving on American shores, the country was changing into something that looked and sounded so, well, un-American.