Immigration Research Paper

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The United States has a long history of immigration beginning with colonization during the 1600’s. During this time there were no laws regarding immigration, only those who could afford to pay passage to the new world or who were forced to come (slaves) were allowed to immigrate to the New World. Smith, “Immigration was a minor factor from 1774 to 1830”. When the US was established in 1776 the population of the original states was primarily European. Approximately 85% of the population was white with English, Irish, Scottish or Welch decent, 9% of German Origin and 4% Dutch. The remaining 2% were African Slaves imported to the colonies. Smith, Daniel Scott (1972). "The Demographic History of Colonial New England". The Journal of Economic History 32 (1): 165–83. doi:10.1017/S0022050700075458. JSTOR 2117183. PMID 11632252. Smith, Daniel Scott (1972). "The Demographic History of Colonial New England". The Journal of Economic History 32 (1): 165–83. doi:10.1017/S0022050700075458. JSTOR 2117183. PMID 11632252. Smith, “Immigration was a minor factor from 1774 to 1830”. The face of immigration remained the same for many years of US History. White Europeans were the stil the primary immigrants, however, during the time between 1880 and present day, the US began to incorporate laws restricting immigration. The people coming to the US to begin a new life were not so easily dissuaded. As restrictions were put in place the amount of illegal immigration increased. Issues with Illegal immigration Undocumented workers are paid below minimum wage. They live at or below the poverty level Children are under nourished They and Children are under educated They are taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers. No rights No choices Substandard living conditions. Heath risks due to lack of sanitation or immunization They do not pay taxes into

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