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Feb 21, 2017 4:54 am


The Progressive Attorney General Who Raided Immigrants—And Paid the Price



The immigration raids were unexpected, unnerving, unjust.  In one devastating American-dream-shattering, day, federal agents arrested more than four thousand aspiring Americans for supposedly threatening America.  

This overreaction, the Big Red Scare of 1919, triggered a Red, White, and Blue Repair.  Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer became a laughingstock for initiating these immigrant-rousting “Palmer Raids.” And his nemesis, a lowly Assistant Secretary of Labor, Louis F. Post, became a hero.

Before this immigration crackdown Palmer was known as a progressive Democrat, a Woodrow Wilson man and a man of conscience – while Post was considered a kook. Born in Moosehead, Pennsylvania, in 1872, a Quaker and Swarthmore graduate, trained as a lawyer, Palmer served in Congress from 1909 to 1915. He opposed child labor and endorsed lower tariffs, defying many constituents who feared free trade...

Read whole article on The Daily Beast. 




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