Most people who immigrated to the United States from other countries did it for a common reason: to have a better life. People who came to America from China and Japan were no different. They saw an opportunity to create a better quality of life for themselves and their families and so they made the choice to leave their own countries and begin again in the United States of America. Chinese immigration to the U.S. took place mostly from 1851-1900. But between 1870 and 1900 nearly 12 million immigrants came to America.
Chapter One speaks of the development of our immigration system in the United States of America. Transitionally, it speaks of the effect it had on immigrants that illegally arrived to America for a better chance at life. On November 20th 2014, President Barack Obama announced an administrative action to reform the United States immigration system. Subsequently, the Department of Homeland Security expanded the DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It provided temporary work permits and deportation relief to many young, undocumented immigrants looking for a chance for a brighter, superior future.
Just getting out of a war, Americans were scared. In the past, immigrants had been accepted and even welcomed, now they were feared and labeled as a danger (The 1920s Government, Politics, and Law: Overview). Americans cried out for a restriction order keeping immigrants out for fear that they would bring foreign elements to America. The Immigration Act of 1924 limited the amount of immigrants to come to America greatly (Congress, U.S.). Although, some Americans were very against the immigration act and Robert Clancy (an American against both the KKK and Republican decisions) even went as far as to call it "un-American" (Rose.
When making a permanent move to a new location it is known as migration, but what triggers this movement? It all relates to push and pull factors of why one may move or leave to a new country/territory/state. The factors that contribute to this is through economic, political, cultural, and environmental. Since the 1820’s till now there has been a big move of US citizens to California but lets dig deeper as to exactly what may have influenced them to make this move.
The condition of the cities during the 20th century, were terrible. Due to the extreme amount of people coming to cities looking for work they were crammed. There was limited housing causing people to live on the street. The streets were filled with waste and nastiness due to people not disposing of garbage and human waste properly. Also, garbage was not picked up off the streets often, nor were the streets cleaned.
Throughout the history of the United States, immigration has and continues to be an issue that is present today. Undocumented immigrants face many hardships living in our country with limited access to attain a lifestyle as any other American. These limitations affect undocumented immigrants in their daily lives and they face downward social mobility. In the workplace along with anywhere else, immigrants face fear of deportation and exploitation due to their ‘illegal’ immigration status, therefore they remain living in the shadows and in extreme distress. If opportunities such as a work permit was granted to immigrants, their chances of succeeding in the labor market would be rewarding.
Immigration reform can go either way to helping immigrants and asylum seekers or placing further restrictions on their lives by even more punitive laws. The United States has faced a long issue on whether or not should they reform the current laws put in place in order for “Aliens” to be able to live here and become a citizen and get the American dream so many people have come to achieve. Immigration laws should be reformed because America was founded on immigrants, they help make the community, and they contribute to the community. For several years now, Congress has been focusing on a new type of bill or act that will be set in place for current asylum seekers. The most current reform act is the Real ID Act of 2005.
Immigration problem face by Immigrant entrepreneurs in U.S.A. Most small businesses in America are owned and operated by immigrates. They are face with the problem of deportation. They live with this fear of deportation because they can be send back to their various countries at any time from the country the love to do business in and creating and helping most Americans to provide them with jobs and they pay their taxes that increase the economy. Most of these business owners came to America with Student visas and H-1B visas that expire after their studies or their contracts have expired with the companies that brought them to U.S to work.
Once immigrants leave our country we will have more opportunities of better wages and newer jobs. Most immigrants threaten our safety. Most of all, American culture is worth preserving. I believe that United States should have a tough immigration policy. First of all, immigrants have a higher chance for a better job because of a green card they might have.
America is a land of immigration (legal and illegal). Legal immigrants undergo a compulsory medical screening before entering the country, but illegal immigrants are not. Therefore, they may enter in the country with infectious or chronic diseases. Because they are illegal immigrants, they do not benefit to medical treatment like U.S. citizens or legal immigrants (Angel and Angel, 2006). Linguistic and Cultural Barriers Immigrants both legal and illegal face very often language linguistic and cultural barriers.
Chinese immigration in America began with the California Gold Rush. The pictures describe some of the experiences in which they underwent before and during their venture to California. The first trivial group of Chinese immigrants began their arrival in San Francisco, where the rigid racism became obvious, it is being said that Chinese immigrants came to America for the same reason as other cultures as was looking to work hard and make large amounts of money. Nationals expressed discontent and racism against the sudden immigrants arrival, it was not a pleasant moment to see them move to America. Therefore, nationals expressed their sentiment as racially and culturally inferior.
Immigration and racism issues have always been a strong discussion here in America. “The United States of America originated based on immigration. All the original ancestors from the great 13 colonies all migrated from Europe” (Immigration). Unless you are a true Native American, then your ancestors are immigrants. America is not the wonderful free land and melting pot that it is advertised to be.