America’s attitudes toward immigration have always been complicated. Influenced by world events, the U.S. embraces some immigrants and demonizes others, and it can be difficult to understand the logic. Take the story of 70,000 would-be immigrants from Britain during the 1940s who all shared a common status — they were war brides.
In 1942, America and Britain were newly minted allies in the fight against Hitler, and maintaining a strong friendship between the two nations was essential for the war effort. To that end, the 2 million U.S. servicemen arriving in Britain to prepare for D-day were issued 38-page handbooks instructing them on how best to avoid upsetting their hosts during the so-called friendly invasion.… Seguir leyendo »