The United States’ government instilled a closed door policy with the creation of many immigration laws in an effort to make America a melting pot of similar ethnicities. However, the prejudice of American society that was enforced by immigration policy forced immigrants to form their own communities for the purpose of survival and protection, turning America into a mosaic of different cultures. The Burlingame Treaty of 1868 and Naturalization Act of 1870 both created a false image of acceptance for immigrants while simultaneously restricting immigration. The United States’ government only began clearly restricting immigration with the Page Act of 1875 and Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The Burlingame Treaty of 1868 encouraged Chinese immigration for work on railroads and southern plantations while simultaneously withholding the privilege of naturalization.
Kalapodas 8 Dec. 1999 History 101 Dr. Tassinari Immigration: The New American Paul Kalapodas 8 Dec. 1999 Immigration For many, immigration to the United States during the late 19th to early 20th century would be a new beginning to a prosperous life. However there were many acts and laws past to limit the influx of immigrants, do to prejudice, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act. Later on into the 20th century there would be laws repealing the older immigration laws and acts making it possible for many more foreigners to immigrate to the United States. Even with the new acts and laws that banned the older ones, no one can just walk right in and become a citizen. One must go through several examinations and tests before he or she can earn their citizenship.
Further, most immigrants tend to move into a new country with their families hoping to change their life (Bailey, 2008). The problem of immigration, therefore, covers multiple dimensions and is multifaceted. Apart from the mere movement from one country to another, whether seasonal or permanent, immigration issues cover the effects of the permanent residence of the immigrants. The result so described refers to the direct impact of this movement to the economy, and the social life of both the immigrants and the natives. The results could be related to labor uncertainty, as well as unemployment levels that have a direct relationship to the crimes and lawlessness (Rubin & Melnick, 2006).
America was hyped up in many countries as ‘‘land of opportunity.’’ (www.bergen.org) The nation’s changing demographic prof... ... middle of paper ... ...creasingly shape the national character, adding racial and ethic diversity to schools, workplaces and legislatures. Therefore, these advantages and disadvantages of immigration still make people ponder to think whether immigration in the U.S. should be stopped or continued. ‘‘Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American Life.’’ By John F. Kennedy Bibliographic References 1. Martin, Philip. Immigration to the United States.
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According to Microsoft Bookshelf Encyclopedia, the reason for immigration is often social for example, population increases, defeat in war, desire for a better life through material gain and the search for religious or political freedom. These reasons have usually prompted many more immigrants to the U.S. than natural causes have. The website of the Federation for American Immigration Reform explains how the first great wave of immigrants came to the U.S. In the early 19th century, large numbers of people from Western Europe left their countries to escape poverty. Many of the immigrants also came to escape religious persecution and political oppression.