Interactive “Entry Denied” Site: What If Today’s Immigration Laws Applied to Earlier Waves of Immigrants?

Apr 26, 2013
10:07 AM

The next time you get into a debate with people who say, “Well, my grandparents came to Ellis Island from Italy or Ireland or Russia or Poland or Germany, etc. legally over 100 years ago, why can’t people from Mexico do the same thing,” just give your friend the following link: This interactive website says the following: “Millions of Americans have grown up with a defining family immigration story. But while our families may have endured hardship coming to America, the simple fact is that most of our immigration stories would not be possible at all under today’s immigration laws. Would your grandmother or grandfather – or any of your ancestors – be denied entry today?


The site, which is part of the Bend the Arc campaign for fair and just immigration reform, is fascinating. You should try it here. Some of the answers might surprise you.

Talk about busting myths.

Let us know about the results you get.