Subscribe to Alphachat!RadioPublicSpotifyacastStitcheriTunes There's a tendency in the politics around US immigration to compare what's happening now to the last great wave of European immigration that crested in the late 19th century. This leaves the US at a somewhat emotional standstill. It's either just like when your grandfather came over from Ireland, or not at all like when your grandfather came over from Ireland. So this week we asked Leah Platt Boustan and Margaret Peters of UCLA to talk about then and now, to see whether we could get anywhere. Ms Boustan, now at Princeton, wrote Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets, and has published exhaustively on the last great migration from Europe. Ms Peters, now at UCLA, wrote Trading
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