Thomas Jefferson on Promoting High-Skilled Immigration

I’ve been reading Michael Lind‘s book, Land of Promise,  and found this Jefferson quote on page 39:

Jefferson opposed Hamilton’s policy of promoting skilled immigration, because of his prejudice against urban mechanics and factory workers. He wrote that such ‘ephemeral and pseudo-citizens’ should be treated `as we do persons infected with disease.’

Add this to the list of reasons why Hamilton>Jefferson in most key debates of this era.

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