Immigration Reform Essay

2512 WordsFeb 19, 201311 Pages
Take back your tired, your poor, and your huddled masses! America was once known as the “melting pot” of the world, where any and all were welcomed. However, under the new pressures of a recession, a growing population, and the unemployment issue, many immigrants, both legal and illegal, are being turned away. Harsh, unequal immigration regulations undermine America’s founding principles and contribute to the tensions and discriminations that continue to occur regarding a citizen’s national origin. A standard, across-the-board policy would allow America to continue its “melting pot” legacy while maintaining a feasible economy for all. When the settlement of America began, people from England and Western Europe travelled to begin a new life in the Colonies. For the pioneers of the new world, there were no limits on their nation of origin, social stature, or their beliefs. However, as the Colonies grew, their new leaders began to deny and scrutinize people of certain religious faiths. But, due to the rapid growth and the increasing need for both skilled and unskilled workers, only criminals were exclusively denied entry into the country. As the towns and communities grew, so did feelings of hostility toward prospective settlers. Beginning in the 1820’s, nearly 2.8 million Irish immigrants came to the United States to escape the struggling condition of their economy at home. Another wave of German Catholics came around 1840, many of which were not accepted by the communities in the U.S. due to their faith. This rush of new people sparked a push for immigration reform and finally in 1875, Congress passed an Act. However, it only banned prostitutes and convicts from entry. In addition, the Act attempted to place a limit on the amount of Chinese laborers in the West, but was not effective in that respect. This was simply because the Act did not ban any of the Chinese

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