Immigration: The Role Of Immigration In The United States

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Immigration has always played a large role in American history. As a land of freedom and opportunity, lots of people immigrate for a richer and fuller life than they are able to achieve in their native country. Over the years the number of immigrants migrating in and out of the United States has changed drastically based on wars and the limiting quota laws Congress has passed. United States encouraged relatively open immigration to settle into its empty lands early in the 1900s. When a surplus of people came to the U.S, they created the national-origins quota system that puts a limit on the amount of people able to immigrate by nationality. The recession in the early 1900s caused a lot of anti-immigrant feelings among the lower-income Americans …show more content…
This system still continues to limit the availability of visas for immigrants. Getting a visa became an unfeasible task for many of the poor and unskilled, this caused people fighting poverty and those fleeing hardships to come to the U.S illegally. In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was passed by Congress; this legislation created amnesty and enforcement, prohibiting the harboring and hiring of illegal aliens. In addition, more control was enforced later on in 1996, by hiring additional enforcers to border control. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Homeland Security Act of 2002 created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS took over a lot of the immigration service’s and enforcements; now persons wishing to relocate can enter in one of two ways, receiving a temporary or a permanent visa. Immigration has enriched our culture and added to our productive capacity as a nation, enhancing our influence in the world. The most important problem for a candidate for presidency to focus on is making immigrating to America easier, because immigrants strongly affect the economy by influencing things like jobs, wages, reduction of the deficit, breakthroughs in technology and medicine, and an overall enrichment of American …show more content…
It’s one thing when you read about India and it’s another thing when your friend from school invites you over for a full Indian dinner with their family. The foods, the family dynamic, and the culture is nothing that can be obtained from reading or watching. It’s one thing to buy that one Asian pastry, frozen, from a corporately owned grocery store, it’s another thing to buy it fresh out of the oven from that bakery on the corner from the Asian lady that gets up at 4 a.m. to have it warm and fresh by breakfast rush. These kinds of experiences give children a firsthand cultural education. They learn to be respectful and tolerant of all cultures and of course, religions. Wars don’t break out when people are tolerant of each other and one doesn’t feel threatened by another for something as simple as praying to their gods.
When an immigrant comes to this country, they don’t only enrich our economy by providing Americans with jobs but they also enrich us as people, as a country with their cultural experiences as well as educate individuals, carrying us to a better standing not just relatively speaking but by standards of the whole world. At the end of the day we are importing the best of many

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