A 1920 terrorist attack sparked calls for restricting immigration — from Europe

ESPMI Network

In recent years, just about every terrorist attack has been followed by calls in the US to limit immigration. After the Brussels attacks on Tuesday, Republican frontrunner Donald Drumpf declared that the US should “close up our borders until we figure out what is going on.” His main rival Ted Cruz vowed to “immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al-Qaeda or ISIS presence,” and to “secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration.”

These days, these calls tend to target immigration from Muslim countries, or by Muslim migrants. But in the early 20th century, when anarchist violence was deemed the main terrorist threat to the US, Southern and Eastern Europeans came in for similar targeting. Case in point: After the Wall Street bombing of September 16, 1920, an attack from Italian anarchists that killed 38 people in what was up to that point the deadliest…

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