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Today in Heritage History, 1915, after a long and bitter struggle with Congress over the issue of the immigration of illiterates into the U.S., President Wilson refused to sign legislation that would prohibit their immigration. The President stated publicly that not only would he refuse to deny them entry into the country but that he would be providing them all with free federally funded bus rides from their point of entry at Ellis Island, directly to where all of America’s earlier illiterate immigrants preferred to settle, in Texas.

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