The Migratory History of the Jews Has Little to Teach about Today's Immigration Woes

Even during the turn-of-the-20th-century Great Wave of migration to America, the proportion of Jews wasn’t high enough to present a serious threat to anyone.

March 11, 2019 | Christopher Caldwell
About the author: Christopher Caldwell, a contributing editor at the Claremont Review, is the author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West  (2009).
This is a response to Does Jewish History Have Anything to Say about America's Immigration Mess?, originally published in Mosaic in March 2019

Jews have a long and varied history of exile and migration: ancient Egypt and Babylon, medieval and modern Europe, Ellis Island, aliyah. In his recent essay for Mosaic, Nicholas M. Gallagher seeks lessons from this history that might guide us in addressing the mass population movements now turning the U.S. and the Western world upside-down. He may be looking in the wrong place.

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