The issue of immigration is still a sensitive issue which is facing the country today mainly because many people from all over the world view the country as the land of opportunity where there is democracy, economic growth and social growth…
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In order to deal with the negative and positive effects that accompany immigration, the United States of America government has over the years adopted policies depending on economic, political, and social issues that have been surrounding the country over the years. This paper will examine the policies adapted by the United States of America government on immigration between the founding of the republic and the mid 1920’s. It will do so by examining the initial conditions that shaped the path of immigration, how and why these conditions influenced the outcomes of controversies later, that led to immigration restrictions to fail during the 19th century. Finally it will establish the exogenous changes that led to victory of restrictions in the mid 1920s. Initial Conditions That Shaped the Path that Immigration Policy Followed During This Period There are various conditions in the United States of America that are considered by most scholars in the field of sociology and immigration as the motivators that shaped the path that immigration policies took during this period. These factors are categorised into economic factors, social interests in the country during the time, national values and the electoral setup during this time (Tichenor 18). One of the major motivators of the policymaking in regard to immigration during this period was the Economy. This means that policies on immigration were made depending on the economic position that the country was in. For example, if the economy of the United States of America was performing well, then immigration policies that were adopted favoured migration of people into the unites states of America since they would provide the much needed labour for the economy to grow. When the economy was performing poorly then policies adopted would seek to minimize immigration into the U.S with the aim of reducing the high unemployment rate that accompanies an economy that is performing poorly. This was the case in the 1920’s during the great depression where immigration policies adopted by the United States of America, aimed at reducing the number of people moving into the U.S. Another good example is the immigration act that was adopted in 1917 by the U.S legislature, where by laws restricted immigration into the country in due to the poor economic conditions that were affective the natives during the time (Tichenor 21). The other condition that influenced the manner in which immigration policies as proposed by pluralist theories were adapted in the U.S as proposed by pluralist theories was the social interests present during this time. This is so since most of the policies made greatly depended on the social interest of the American people due to the power that social interest has in the United States of America. A good example is the presence of social classes in the 1880s that resulted in restriction of Asian immigrants during that period. This is where class conflict arose during this period where Chinese immigrants were restricted from entering the country despite the fact that they would provide cheaper labour (Tichenor 24). The period under discussion was at a time where businessmen and corporation were rushing for economic prosperity. This was a time at which each American was chasing the American dream where everyone wanted to be successful. As a result, immigration policies were greatly influenced by business and huge factory owners who wanted to utilize
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Responses to Immigration.
A Protestant clergyman (309), Josiah Strong, warns of the multiple perils of allowing immigration, contending that the immigrants, with low morals, criminal tendencies, involvement in liquor traffic, and belief in Mormonism, Catholicism and Socialism, exert a negative influence on the natives.
As an example, the U.S. was inundated by two “Great Waves” of immigrants in the years before and after the turn of the twentieth century. The population of the country quickly grew by about 50 percent in just 40 years, an immense influx of tired, poor, and huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
US IMIGRATION POLICY
In recent times, US is experiencing immigration rates in past few years. Also, a large section of these people neither abide by the regulations lay by proper immigration channels, nor possess adequate documents. The total number of such undocumented workers amount to 12-20 millions, a matter of serious concern for US.
Argumentative essay on the US immigration policy Name University Argumentative essay on the US immigration policy Complexity of the immigration policy: United State of America is one of those countries whose embassies are always filled with queues of people waiting to make their way to America.
First, it serves to reunite families by admitting immigrants who already have family members living in the United States. Second, it seeks to admit workers with specific skills and to fill positions in occupations deemed to be experiencing labor shortages.
In my opinion it would be better if the USA implemented more simplified and transparent immigration points system, similar to the systems established in Canada and Australia. As far as labor migration of low skilled workers is concerned, the USA might implement its own Sector Based Scheme
This paper will review the historical and contemporary trends of domestic terrorism within the United States as a means of establishing the similarities that exist between domestic extremist/terrorist groups. We will then discuss the ways in which military personnel may be influenced, involved or utilized by extremist and /or terrorist organizations or groups in pursuing and accomplishing their ultimate goals through these service members.
It has come to our knowledge through a recent study by theInternational Organization for Migration (I.O.M) that there are more than 300 million migrants around the world today. The Middle West, some parts of Europe, small areas of South West Asia, and a few spots in the East Indies have the highest percentages of immigrant population recorded by the UN Census.
Recognizing the potential of harnessing foreign worker's supply, Canada and other similarly workforce-challenged industrialized countries need to efficiently and timely put matters in the right perspective. There is a surplus in the applications from immigrants currently received by Canada including non-immigrants and refugee claimants.