Letter from 1910 sheds light on immigration into Galveston

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GALVESTON, TX – “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…,” that`s what many immigrants saw mounted on the Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island as they entered this land of opportunity.

But you can keep your stupid, insane and contagious. That`s the message from a newly released letter, written in 1910, from the Department of Commerce and Labor`s US Immigration Service to the inspector in charge in good ol` Galveston, Texas.

The letter targets many less than desirable people as not worthy of stepping foot on American soil.  Galveston was known widely as the Ellis Island of the West, and many immigrants landed at what`s now Sea Wolf Park.

A lot has changed in 100 years, but as blunt and rude as this letter is by today`s standards, you can still see some of the arguments debated today.  For instance not wanting immigrants to come in and steal American jobs, or rely on government assistance to make it through life.

Another thing that hasn`t changed, hassling hookers.  Pimps and hoes were barred from entering our great nation. The oldest profession in the world still can`t get any love, no matter how much progress we make.