Gompers was a raging nativist and xenophobbe; paranoid of dark-skinned Europeans and especially Asians, because he reasoned that they would not only supplant American wages but also the American (white) culture. He was an ardent supporter of the Chinese Exclusion Act and fought for severe limits on immigration from Italy, Spain, and Jews. He was a bigot typical of his time. He has been replaced these days by the likes of Oldglory and his ilk.<quoted text>
Samuel Gompers, founder and president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and himself an immigrant. From a letter to Congress dated March 19, 1924:
On the other hand, he fought to unionize workers in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Matter of fact, he was in Mexico rabble rousing when he grew ill and expired shortly thereafter.