An immigrant ID card from the 1920s and 30s for Rosaura Piñera, who later became a US citizen at age 100.

Immigration Rewind

Immigration news today is often an echo of the past. We delve into the archives to bring you stories that matter now. Have a hidden history to tell us about? Submit your idea here.


The slave-trade roots of US private prisons

In 2000, the Federal Bureau of Prisons sent 1,200 inmates to a private prison on a former slave plantation in North Carolina. More than 150 years ago, the nation’s capital was home to private prisons where enslaved African Americans were held until they could be sent south.


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