Immigration Policy In The 20th Century

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United States of America is often called ‘The Land of the Free’, with Statue of Liberty being the symbol of freedom. Back in the old days, when immigrants arrived in ships in the great city of New York they saw the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of welcome. People from all over the world are ready to sacrifice everything they have, just so they can get a chance to go to this paradise. And rightfully so. It has the most powerful military, backed by a strong economy and a multi-cultural society. But that wasn’t always the case for everyone and everybody didn’t have the access to all the rights an average white American had. The United States has a long history of both loving and hating the immigrants. On one hand, the United States has embraced being a nation that includes people from many different places but who live together in one place. But, on the other hand, Americans throughout the country's history have found rising number of immigrants to be deeply frightening and something to be concerned about. While White immigrants from Western and Northern Europe were welcomed with open arms, everyone else was resented. Both feelings have coexisted and will continue to coexist in the U.S. The second half of 20th century is an extremely important time period in U.S. history…show more content…
Back in the 1830s, the industrial Revolution was in motion, the slave trade was near its end, and the United States was trying to expand its trade to the rest of the western world. This is why the requirement for workers in factories and in construction work exploded. The rise in steam engines made travelling overseas much easier, cheaper, faster and safer. Hence, trade and immigration from all over the world to the United States

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