As stated by the U.S. Census Bureau, this is a significant event that is fundamental to the future of the United States, (Vidal de Haymes 102). Largely concentrated in the South and West, over half of the nation’s Latinos reside in California and Texas, (Vidal de Haymes 107). Disproportionately affected by a higher population of Latino immigrants, these two states are faced with the challenge integrating newcomers in its society, (The Hispanic Challenge? What We Know About Latino Immigration). In the past ten years, however, Latino migrants have settled and integrated into more areas that have had previously only a small number of immigrants.
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.
One of the many races that migrated to the United States is the Vietnamese race. After the fall of Saigon, Vietnamese refugees have fled their homeland to seek for a better life. Now, 30 years later, they have become an industry of their own. According to the latest census, there are approximately 1.2 million Vietnamese Americans living in the United States. This makes Vietnamese Americans the fifth largest immigrant group in the United States , right after the Mexican, Filipino, Chinese, and Indian foreign-born (Lehman, 2000).
The massive number of European immigrants that entered into America’s east coast from the late 1800’s and on forever influenced the growth and development of the country. Fleeing crop failure, famine, rising taxes, and land/job shortages, many immigrants journeyed to the United States because it was perceived as the land of economic opportunity. With hope for a brighter future, nearly 27 million immigrants arrived in the United States between 1880 and 1920. The majority of the immigrants entered through Ellis Island, leading it to become the gateway to America and become recognized as a national symbol. Many of the immigrants, not knowing the way America worked, didn’t stray too far from the East Coast and moved into areas filled with people of similar languages, traditions, and beliefs.
Immigration has had a positive impact on the U.S economy. A huge number of Americans celebrate Labor Day—a day to acknowledge the commitments that American workers have made to our economy and society. However, it is also important to recognize the Immigrant workers, who have undoubtedly impacted not only the native-born workers but the whole U.S economy. One of the greatest effect by immigrants on the U.S economy is the increase in the labor work force. Native-born workers make up around 16 percent of the workforce, while immigrants represent almost 50 percent of U.S. work force development since the mid-1990s.
While the events described in Arc of Justice were occuring, America was dealing with ever increasing racial tensions. These were not just the typical black and white tensions that many people characterize the time period with, but tensions between self-described “native Americans” and the new waves of immigrants coming over from places such as Ireland and Italy. Sources such as Madison Grant’s The Passing of the Great Race, showcase how these “new immigrants” were perceived as “[the new immigrants are] the weak, the broken and the mentally crippled of all races.” Tensions were building across the country in the early 20th century, with “the widespread notion that hordes of undesirable ethnic minorities were about to swamp the nation’s social structure, destroying the cultural purity and intellectual standards [of America].” (Parrish, Anxious Decades, pg. 111) This narrative blended well with the already existing narrative of the inferiority of african americans, and because of this the two ideas shared many of the same supporters. Had Boyle contextualized the the Sweet trials as part of the greater American racial conflict, he would have made Arc of Justice into a significantly more well-rounded
What accounted for the rise of urbanization in America during the nineteenth century? Urban population of America increased seven fold after Civil War, natural increase accounted for a small part of urban growth, high infant mortality, declining fertility rate, high death rate .In 1900 almost 14 percent were urbanites even though only 12 cities had 1 million or more inhabitants. An agricultural economy to an industrial economy in the end of the 19th century were the most successful nation.The years of industrial expansion after the Civil War brought important changes to American society. The country became increasingly urban, and cities grew not only in terms of population but also in size, with skyscrapers pushing cities upward and new transportation systems extending the outward. Part of the urban population growth was fueled by an unprecedented mass immigration to the United States that continued unabated into the first two decades of the twentieth century.
To what extent was Racism the main reason for changing attitudes towards Immigration in the 1920s It can be argued that racism was the main reason for changing attitudes towards immigration in the USA in the 1920s. The three immigration acts put tighter restrictions on who was deemed worthy enough to live and work in the USA. Other factors included political fears of Eastern European ideologies such as communism and anarchism, economic factors such as jobs and housing, and social factors such as crime, religion and culture. All of these created much hostility and discrimination towards many hopeful immigrants. They were a precursor to violence and rioting in what was a fundamentally racist society.
The New York draft riots were a culmination of the mounting economic, political, and social tensions that existed among New York’s melting pot of cultures. The laws passed by congress to draft men to fight in the ongoing American Civil War only sparked the New York City draft riots. This decision was passed due to high casualties, growing desertion rates and declining recruitment. Besides the issue of mandatory service, there was a colossal flaw in the National Conscription Act, which definitely reflected the character of New York at the time. A provision in the Act excused any drafted man if he were able to pay three hundred dollars or find a substitute.
By 1890, several cities touted populations over 1 million people and by 1900, New York City was the second largest city in the world, outranked only by London. Huge population increases contributed to the poor living conditions of many urban Americans, which was characterized by filth, poverty and pollution. Economic change and growth were also evident. Mass production increased, and along with it, the availability of material goods. The nation’s workforce expanded and Record numbers of women and children joined the workforce.