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A Century of Change in Immigration: Apology in Action – Pt. 2

          In 1909, Honorable Lee S. Overman, a Democratic Senator from North Carolina introduced a bill in the Senate. If adopted, H.R. 1438 would create a head tariff “to provide revenue and at the same time to protect American labor.”[1] Obviously during the late-Victorian era, the general public, organized labor, and national officials sincerely believed in the necessity of stricter deportation laws over philanthropic concerns.