Immigration Dbq Research Paper

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Many government policies were enacted restricting immigration between 1880 and 1930. They were all put in action in response to demands of limiting the number of foreigners. There were many mixed feelings about the policies and the situation with immigration, both positive and negative. From the welcoming vision of the Statue of Liberty to the laws enforced opposing immigration, Americans went through a period of mixed emotions. Immigrants from all over the world, entered the Ellis Island's port with the towering Statue of Liberty. Representing freedom, welcoming, and new beginnings, many immigrants felt a new comfort seeing the Statue of Liberty. Because many of the immigrants were coming over to the United States because of oppression and…show more content…
Many workers were especially upset at the Chinese and Irish immigrants. Due to the Chinese government and Irish potato famine, many were eager to have the opportunity to come to America. Their eagerness drove them to determination and willingness to work harder and for cheaper wages than nativists already settled in. Americans complained that the Chinese immigrants were stealing the jobs and increasing competition, and therefore Americans in no way were benefiting; they were harmed. "Chinamen had taken over every branch of industry; manufactures of cigars, cigar boxes, brooms, tailors, laundrymen, cooks, servants, farmlands, fishermen, miners, and all departments of manuel labor." (Document 2). Some Americans went even far to say that immigrants would import with them radical ideas from their home countries (Document 6). Many nativists made reference to the first red scare (1917-1920) and possible anarchist bombings and threats. Author, Madison Grant, was in favor of restrictions on immigration as an effort to "pull out the weeds." In his popular book, The Passing of the Great Race, Grant writes about his concern about the influence of other ethnic groups on American culture. He insists that if there are no restrictions put in action, "..our jails, insane asylums, and almshouses will be filled with human flotsam...", referring to the…show more content…
In response to the complaints of job opportunities taken away, in 1882 Chinese exclusion act was made mandatory to renew ten years in hopes of monitoring immigration (Document 2). Another effort to monitor immigration was literacy test enacted in 1917. Because the majority of immigrants that were unable to read were either poor or low wage workers, after this test was proctored many immigrants were rejected. The purpose of these literacy tests was to keep out poor immigrants coming in from southern and eastern Europe (Document 5). Other policies such as Ganhenans agreement in 1820 were enforced to end Japanese immigration. The late 1800s and early 1900s, definitely established a foundation to build to create the United States. Many arguments arose for and against imposing restrictions on immigration to the United States. Through all of the strife and contradicting view points, Americans were able to reconcile their differences and create policies and restrictions that were enforced in efforts to please

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