Essay On Inclusion And Inclusion

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According to recent statistics, the immigrant population in the United States is approximately 81 million, or roughly a quarter of the entire population of the United States (Frequently Requested Statistics). Despite such a large number of the American population identifying as immigrants, there are still some who express dissident towards our policies of inclusion and acceptance of foreigners. While some might feel as if this sentiment is something new and specific to certain ethnicities or races of immigrants, it is a holdover from America’s earliest days. Since colonial times, there have been certain opinions over what is decidedly included, or “American,” and what is not. This mode of thinking brought about unspeakable cruelties to those who were not thought to be American, particularly the Native Americans and African Americans. Yet, without the struggles of the minority groups to be accepted, the American ideals of inclusion and diversity from the founding fathers would…show more content…
They became a part of the labor force, which helped to build America. Time and time again throughout American history, the presence of lower-class minorities was noted in construction and industry, that required intense manual labor that only the poor were willing to perform. Chinese immigrants helped to build the transcontinental railroad, the Irish immigrants worked in factories during the industrial revolution, and African-American farmers helped to feed the country. As these groups continued to endure, their rights were extended, and despite immigration laws that did more to hurt America than to help it, such as the case in the Chinese Exclusion Act (Chinese Exclusion Act). But the necessity for laborers remained constant, and many of the biased laws and acts that were meant to impede their progress eventually gave
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