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At the end of this year in which election results reinserted immigration into the political conversation, remember that 2012 is the 150th anniversary of “the first comprehensive immigration law.”

This is how the Homestead Act of 1862 is described by Blake Bell, historian at the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Nebraska, one of the National Park Service’s many educational jewels that make the NPS one of just two government institutions (besides the U.S. Marine Band) that should be exempt from any budget cuts, for all eternity.

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