The issue of immigrants as a public charge predates 1776
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Submitted by Lyle (United States), May 30, 2010 10:12
One finds laws from the 1740s that concern the issue of immigrants becoming a public charge and putting extra entry taxes on people that is thought possible (Deleware). So indeed this concern is an old one, and one of the large list of problems that appear insoluable. Recall that a good bit of the current policical debate really is a continuation of the arguement between Hamilton and Madison, 220 or so years ago, so don't expect the issues to be resolved.
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