When the US locked up white Australian immigrants like Australia does to asylum seekers

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Lurking behind the debates about offshore processing lies a little-known historical irony: white Australians were once locked up in immigration centres that bore a striking resemblance to the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres, which were recently harshly criticised by the UN Human Rights Committee.

And unsurprisingly, they were far from happy about it.

Upar 2vBack in 1921, the United States introduced immigration restrictions based on national quotas.

The quotas were tightened in 1924, and again in 1929, and remained in place until 1965.

The restrictions were part of a…

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