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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:28 AM

Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Trying to Keep Immigrants Out

She was an heiress without a cause — an indifferent student, an unhappy young bride, a miscast socialite. Her most enduring passion was for birds.

But Cordelia Scaife May eventually found her life’s purpose: curbing what she perceived as the lethal threat of overpopulation by trying to shut America’s doors to immigrants.

She believed that the United States was “being invaded on all fronts” by foreigners, who “breed like hamsters” and exhaust natural resources. She thought that the border with Mexico should be sealed and that abortions on demand would contain the swelling masses in developing countries.

An heiress to the Mellon banking and industrial fortune with a half-billion dollars at her disposal, Mrs. May helped create what would become the modern anti-immigration movement. She bankrolled the founding and operation of the nation’s three largest restrictionist groups — the Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies — as well as dozens of smaller ones, including some that have promulgated white nationalist views.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/14/us/anti-immigration-cordelia-scaife-may.html

I wonder whether being childless herself contributed to her anti-immigrant beliefs.

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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:29 AM

1. I got an alert from the times with with article yesterday. Damn good reporting.

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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:30 AM

2. Her brother Richard was also a scumbag.

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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:32 AM

3. Too bad she didn't stick to birds. nt

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