Immigrants In America

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“We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.” (Romney 2012). America consists of foreigners and their descendents, people who all hoped and worked for America to become a better place. Obstacles after obstacles, immigrants have faced a great mass of discrimination because of the simple fact that they are “different”. It is important to realize that a lot of America’s characteristics were shaped and or influenced by immigrants.People like Donald Trump are what we call nativist. Nativists are people who are completely against having…show more content…
This was the beginning of a new future for America. The Industrial Revolution had begun, the slave trade was coming to an end, and America was pushing Westward. Word of the Gold Rush began spreading around the world drawing more and more immigrants from both Asia and Europe. Besides from Irish and German immigrants, Chinese immigrants had also begun coming to America in the 1850s arriving through San Francisco. While the economy was strong immigrants were welcomed into America with open arms even more so since during the Civil War, both the Union and Confederate armies relied on their strengths. But during time like the Great Depression when things got hard immigrants were casted out and accused of stealing jobs from American workers. Most of the biggest protest came from the Know-Nothings a political party of the 1850s who were famous for their anti-immigrant and anti-catholic leaning.But it was the pro-immigrant voices of this era that became most influential, The Republican party platform of 1868 changed the perspective of immigrants for many especially when they stated "Foreign immigration which in the past has added so much to the wealth, resources, and increase of power to the nation…should be fostered and encouraged." further pushing the idea that Foreigners should be accepted into America’s society. Between the 1880s and 1930s, over 27 million foreigners entered the United States. But after the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914, native born American citizens attitudes towards immigration began to shift. Nationalism and Suspicion of foreigner began to increase, and immigrants’ loyalties were often called into question. Through the early 1920s, a series of laws were passed to further limit the flow of immigrants, such as the first overall numerical quota on immigration which
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