Immigration Past and the Present
Professor Celena Hadlock
March 18, 2010
Millions and millions of immigrates have been coming to the U.S. since the beginning of time. New York was the porthole to these immigrate dreams. Immigration has always been a big part of our lives; some believe that it began back in “1400’s”, when in reality it started even before then. Immigration has always been a hot topic, and in today’s society; many feel that immigrates are a problem where as other embrace them. I am about to touch on the questions that run through our minds. When did immigration start? What are the pros and what are the cons of immigration?
Immigration has been around much longer than most people could imagine. It has been recorded that immigration was started back in 1490 and even “1441: when European slave trading in Africa. The Portuguese captains Antão Gonçalves and Nuno Tristão capture 12 Africans in Cabo Branco (modern Mauritania) and take them to Portugal as slaves.” This is the earliest record of immigration, but most of society doesn’t think of slavery as immigration. It is immigration, because these people was brought to another country (against their own will) to live someone else dream. Society don’t realize how important these immigrates was to our country.
It has been a proven fact that immigration was and is an important part of our history. Immigrants are a necessary ingredient in keeping the American economy strong, from landscaping to high-tech industry; they are satisfying an essential need in the labor force. Immigrates have been working jobs that most Americans don’t want like a gardener, maid, housekeeper and etc. “The U.S. government has forecast a shortage of 20 million workers by 2026, prompting many parties to call for a relaxation of the US immigration laws in order to meet the labor demand. According to the most comprehensive study...