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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Idiots and Lunatics

I guess the execution of this policy was not flawless:
The more general Immigration Act of 1882 levied a head tax of fifty cents on each immigrant and blocked (or excluded) the entry of idiots, lunatics, convicts, and persons likely to become a public charge.

(from http://uscis.gov/graphics/aboutus/history/articles/oview.htm)

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