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ReadThisThing (Aug 15th, 2019)

Cordelia Scaife May inherited nearly half a billion dollars as scion of the Mellon family, an influential family from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that made its fortune in banking, oil, and more. Though she died in 2005, NYT reporters Nicholas Kulish and Mike McIntire have discovered that her vast wealth is still working toward what became her fondest dream: to close America's borders to immigrants. A childless widow, May reportedly claimed that the U.S. was “being invaded on all fronts” by migrants who “breed like hamsters,” and for decades her wealth has gone toward blocking attempts to reform the country's immigrations policies via groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the first executive director of which says that “there was no money without her.” 

Read more at The New York Times:

Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Trying to Keep Immigrants Out

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