Immigration in the United States Policy Memo

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Should America Reevaluate Policies On Monitoring/Allowing Immigrants Into The United States? Immigration policies have been a main issue since as early as 1904. Millions of people come into the United States legally and illegally every year. Many rules and regulations have been changed to benefit immigrants coming to the United States, but it still remains a serious issue in society. In this policy memo, I will give a brief history of immigration into the United States, why it is such a major issue, and give alternatives to the way America handles immigration and nationalization of immigrants. Immigration began in the 17th century when Europeans came in search of a new world. During this time, these immigrants came with the promise of cheap land. (Diner, 2008: 1) There were no limitations on immigration into the United States at this time. By the early 1800s, the number of immigrants increased drastically. America was becoming a melting pot of different ethnicities including Germans, Swedish, Bohemians, English, French, and Polish. After the civil war, coming into the United States was made easier due to the innovations in steam-based engines for ships, allowing for larger ships to bring in immigrants in mass numbers. (Diner, 2008: 1) This exponential increase in immigrants was considered a threat to the nation’s security, which resulted in forcing government legislation to place regulations on immigration. In 1912, the National Origins Act was passed which restricted the number of immigrants allowed to enter the United States and assigned slots according to quotas based on origins. (Diner, 2008: 1) It gave preference to all immigrants from northern and western Europe, limited those from eastern and southern Europe, and did not declare immigrants from Asia worthy of entry to the United States. Immigrants from Mexico, the Caribbean, and parts of Central
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