The Pros And Cons Of Immigration To The United States

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Immigration became a conflict after the discovery of gold in California in 1848 which brought numerous of contract Chinese laborers to the western part of the United States. Since labor was short in supply the Chinese were welcomed, but with time American workers began to see them as competition. The Chinese put the American workers in disadvantage, for they were willing to do menial jobs for a low salary. The job competition really intensified, leading American laborers to yell “The Chinese must go!” (Congress of 1870s) As a result of the conflict a Chinese Exclusion Act was passed in 1882, it prohibited the immigration of the Chinese for ten years. After the ten year termination, the exclusion act was reenacted without a terminal date. Along with the new immigration law came rebellion; foreigners neglected the law and crossed the border. With time immigration had such a major increase that the government had to enforce the law by protecting its border. To protect its border the government built a fence, a fence that was not able to control immigrants from bringing their families to the land of opportunity. Families fled from their country to the United States in order for their children to have a brighter future in the land of opportunities. A free land where the…show more content…
Some people think that by accepting the bill they will have to let everyone in, other citizens believe it is unfair for them; they believe they will take most jobs and in some cases take away a citizen’s job. Another factor why people oppose to it is because they believe that undocumented people do not pay their taxes. Another con would be that more people would be inspired to cross to the United States. There are many contradictory statements that make the bill seem like its benefiting undocumented students without anything in return, when in reality it would help
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