IMG_2735By Alexandra Schwartz

January 30, 2017

Protesters in Battery Park, in Manhattan, on Sunday.PHOTOGRAPH BY GO NAKAMURA / REDUX

“If Donald Trump had cared to test his prediction, made at a rally last January, that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” without losing any voters, there’s about a one-in-three chance that the person he shot would have been an immigrant. If you include children born here to immigrants, the odds become better than one in two. New York is the most diverse city in the world, and the percentage of foreign-born New Yorkers is currently at its highest point in a hundred years. The city is home to more than three million immigrants, upwards of thirty-five per cent of the population. Before the turn of this century, the last comparable year was 1930, when immigrants made up a third of the city. Among them was Mary MacLeod, Donald Trump’s mother, who had arrived from Scotland in 1929. Then came the Great Depression, followed by wartime quotas. By 1949, when Jared Kushner’s grandparents Rae and Joseph, Polish-Jewish Holocaust survivors and refugees, were granted permission to come to Brooklyn from a displaced-persons camp in Italy, the percentage had dropped to a relatively meagre twenty-two. Rae and her family had tried to emigrate before the war, to no avail. “For Jews, the doors were closed,” she later remembered. “Why?”’

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