To what extent was the growing hostility towards immigrants in the 1920s a result of political fears? America was widely believed to be the 'land of opportunity' where people, no matter what they're background or where they came from could come to America and begin a new life. However by 1919 the 'open door policy' that America had was beginning to close and and hostility towards immigrants was increasing. Woodrow Wilson in 1915 spoke of everybody in one nation from different nations coming together and developing into the American man and woman. However, this was not the case.
The worst example of the hostility towards the Chinese was in Los Angeles in 1871, were nineteen Chinese men were hung and shot in the evening, along with the theft of over $40,000 worth of goods (Pacific). Many of the Chinese living in Los Angeles at the time were in shock. Though the violence towards the Chinese started in the south, were it gained many of its supporters, the people in the south asserted there, “superiority” of their race and the idea of servitude to all inferior races. To work was all well accepted in the south, but to work along a “pig-tail” was a shame to the white “superior” race. Along with their method to take matters into their own hands, the procedure was just to sack and burn the Chinese laundries and other commercial establishments operated by the Chinese.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “Action will delineate and define you.” Pride in your actions, pride in your words, and pride in yourself all make for real success and Thomas Jefferson knew, and lived with that mindset. Being proud in everything we do as Americans is the foundation of success. Your personal best is all you can ever accomplish and once you’ve done that, you can rest easy in knowing great rewards come with hard work. We see proof of this in every aspect of American life, a lifestyle that was built from the ground up on
Critics of an open border policy are concerned that health and welfare benefits would be taken advantage of by the economic migrants (Wellman 1.3). An easy solution to this problem would be to deny the newcomers these benefits until they have paid their dues through time, loyalty, and taxes. I agree with Wellman's solution of having a condition that says benefits may only be allowed for distribution once a person has lived, worked, and paid taxes for a certain number of years. To deny economic migrants benefits altogether would be unethical since they would be paying into the system, however it does not seem unreasonable to require that they earn the right to seek these benefits over time. As it is, we currently provide certain privileges to illegal immigrants through free public education for their children (due to the No Child Left Behind Act), so it makes more sense to allow the hiring of economic migrants who would be contributing government funding rather than allow the problem of illegal immigration to grow and thus continue spending money on people who make less contributions back to
The strangest aspect of America’s immigration debate is the intense opposition among right-wing hardliners to allowing more immigrants into the country. Most opposition to illegal immigrants stems from an admirable respect for the law, but there is a curious belief among the far right that being on the wrong side of the border—purely through an accident of birth—makes you undeserving of equal rights. They wish to deny citizenship to those who are willing to work for it, when they themselves acquired it through no effort save that of having been born on the right side of the border. These same people, curiously enough, are also of the following opinions: no one is entitled to anything, people who work harder than others deserve more, and the economy should be free from government regulation. This much the amusingly named teabaggers have made clear in hundreds of “tea parties” organized to protest government policies they view as “socialistic”.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Illegal Immigration is reaching epidemic proportions in many American States and cities. The American Government and its politicians at all levels of government are failing to perform the very basic fundamentals of their elected post, to protect and defend its citizens. The United States is being invaded by nearly 20 million illegal immigrants who are over taxing public services, the cost of which are staggering. The population and the cost to the American tax payer are nearly equal to Illinoi, America’s 5th most populated state. What American’s politicians fail to realize is that the border security itself is much like the tip of an iceberg, the greater problem is the remaining 90% of the immigration
The government is allowing immigrants to enter the country with less than satisfactory education skills. Nearly 31 percent of foreign born residents over the age of twenty-five are without a high school diploma, compared to just 10 percent of native-born residents. Immigrants trail behind natives in college attendance. It wouldn’t make sense to grant permanent legal status and full job market to millions of unskilled immigrants. Journalist Sonia Nazario states, “Those harderst hit by the influx of immigrants are disadvantaged native-born minorities who don’t have a high school degree”(536).
Immigration Immigrants in todays’ society come to America for a better life, opportunities, and to be free. The Hispanics will do whatever it takes to any extreme to get beyond our borders to have the possibilities we ensure. The traffic of illegal immigrants in America currently is a problem we face because, they have taken the jobs some Americans could obtain to support their families in todays economy. We must find extract the reasons these immigrants flock to America because they’re taking jobs away from Americans during this horrid economy. Illegal immigrants have broken the law by sneaking across the borders of the United States of America.
However this pro-business agenda that the Republicans had proposed, wasn’t beneficiary to all American people. It saw that places with low state of business and affairs such as this, mostly rural (farmers, etc…), wouldn’t feel the effect of the boom. Farmers, for example, were forced to buy all the manufactured goods they needed for survival on a market protected by tariff legislation. This meant that the prices were
“We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.” (Romney 2012). America consists of foreigners and their descendents, people who all hoped and worked for America to become a better place. Obstacles after obstacles, immigrants have faced a great mass of discrimination because of the simple fact that they are “different”. It is important to realize that a lot of America’s characteristics were shaped and or influenced by immigrants.People like Donald Trump are what we call nativist.