Essay on Immigration in America

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Coming to America…Maybe

Immigration has been a part of the United States ever since its inception. When Christopher Columbus made his way across the Atlantic Ocean he discovered a land that was almost entirely inhabited. The colonists, essentially the first immigrants to what would be the United States, began to come over group after group until they finally decided that there were enough people living in America that they were a strong enough power to be a separate entity. In 1776 the Americans declared their independence from Great Britain and through the revolutionary war, created the United States. Views from varying sources as well as some insight from North Dakota representatives will be used in order to examine current
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21). As more and more people continued to enter the United States people began to think that they needed to control the number that would be allowed into the country. It wasn’t until 1882 that the first immigration law was passed in the United States. As stated on MSNBC’s Pencil News website it banned people from entering the country that were “convicts, insane or severely retarded people, and people likely to need special care from entering the country” (par 40). The timeline included in the article also detailed nearly all of the other United States major immigration laws. The US also passed permanent law in 1902 called the Chinese Exclusion Act which disallowed immigrants from China until it was repealed in 1943 as China became a US ally (par. 41). In 1946 “Congress passed the War Brides Act and admitted 120,000 immigrants who were wives or children of soldiers” (par. 42).
Most of the early laws the United States were directed at certain groups of people that were trying to migrate for matters other than seeking refuge in the United State. This changed with the passing of the 1948 Displaced Persons Act and the 1953 Refugee Relief Act and was also addressed in the MSNBC article. The two acts combined to allow an additional 600,000 immigrants per year that were coming to seek a place of safety (par. 43). Another new form of law came about in 1952 which set an actual number of immigrants accepted each year. The Immigration and

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