The Transition Of Immigration Reform In The United States

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Throughout U.S. history, varying degrees of immigration control have dictated whom and how individuals are able to enter and gain citizenship to this country. For centuries, people from all over the world have immigrated here with the hopes of living a more prosperous and independent life. Starting at the turn of the 17th century, European settlers began to colonize parts of the east; a movement which has since been followed by more than four-hundred years of exponential growth. Like most other foreign and domestic matters, public policy has been created, altered, and adapted to better regulate immigration into the U.S. and further develop the means by which we secure our borders; a highly debatable and complex discussion which falls under the umbrella of immigration reform. Dating back as early as 1790, immigration-related legislation delineated conditions under which citizenship would have been granted such as a two year residency requirement. Over the next century and a half, these policies would begin to include exclusionary rules which barred citizenship from individuals b...
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