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Trump Wishes We Had More Immigrants From Norway. Turns Out We Once Did

Back in the 19th century, Norwegians began coming to the United States in droves. And they were among the poorest of the poor.
Norwegian immigrants on their way to America on the SS Hero in 1870. Source: Hulton Archive

In the Thursday meeting in which President Trump complained about "having all these people from shithole countries come here" — and singled out Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as examples — he also added that, "we should have more people from Norway."

In fact there was a time when we did.

From 1870 to 1910 a quarter of Norway's working-age population emigrated, mostly to the United States. You read that right —

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