Population and Environment

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 295–356 | Cite as

Jewish Involvement in Shaping American Immigration Policy, 1881–1965: A Historical Review

  • Kevin MacDonald


This paper discusses Jewish involvement in shaping United States immigration policy. In addition to a periodic interest in fostering the immigration of co-religionists as a result of anti-Semitic movements, Jews have an interest in opposing the establishment of ethnically and culturally homogeneous societies in which they reside as minorities. Jews have been at the forefront in supporting movements aimed at altering the ethnic status quo in the United States in favor of immigration of non-European peoples. These activities have involved leadership in Congress, organizing and funding anti-restrictionist groups composed of Jews and gentiles, and originating intellectual movements opposed to evolutionary and biological perspectives in the social sciences.


Social Science States Immigration Immigration Policy Historical Review Biological Perspective 
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  • Kevin MacDonald
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State University-Long BeachLong Beach

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