Immigration Patterns After 1945

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We can see that immigration laws and decisions mostly reflect the status quo of a historical or socio-economic situation, together with the concepts and world views of the respective period. The American society was for long dominated by a white, Protestant majority, whose deeply rooted bias nearly prevented the immigration of significant numbers of Jews, just as the Hispanics were only considered useful as a low-cost labor force. Changes in U.S. Immigration history are the result of ever-present human self-preservation trying to defeat social, economical and political injustices. While the immigration patterns after 1945 were born in the aftermath of a disastrous World War, immigration of the past 25 years is the legacy of an increasingly

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