Asians immigrating to North America have done so since the colonists, but their immigration has not prospered until the late 1870s. Specific groups, like the Chinese and Japanese, were targeted for discrimination and other atrocious acts. White Americans had a stereotypical way of thinking about immigrants from Asia, and how they were going to impose menace and the outsourcing of jobs. They also became physical and labor threats for the nativists, and subsequently these nativists did everything in their power to enforce regulations that could potentially weaken Asian groups. Therefore laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act were created solely based on race and color.
In the second half of the 19th-century migration to California increased due to railroad-inspired land boom. However, migration to California was not welcoming and tolerant to one specific group of migrants, and this group was the Chinese. As new rails were being built there was a demand for workers to build railways throughout California and eastward to connect the Transcontinental Railroad with Union Pacific (Textbook, 269). Big railroad industries, such as Central Pacific hired Chinese immigrants as part of their workforce. The Chinese worked tirelessly and through tough environmental conditions and earned low wages.
The immediate loss of job and financial support pissed the American citizens off. The irritated Americans used violent and overbearing ways to attack the Chinese, both physically and legislatively. In 1852, the California government passed a state law that
This was also a form of political racialization that resulted heavily from social and economic influences. At the time, white miners felt threatened by non-white laborers as competition for gold and wage, and demanded the segregation and exclusion of non-whites from mining. As Lee states, “competition intensified, and the Chinese miners became the targets of hostility and faced rigid racial prejudice from competing white miners as well as from local and state governments” (2015, 13-14). As a result, the enforced tax’s sole purpose was to impose a financial burden on those recognized by race to be ineligible for naturalization, in other words, non-whites (per Nationality Act). This was a political act (taxation) derived to address political and social concerns of the white laborers.
Approximately between the years of 1850 and 1920, millions of immigrants traveled to America from all over the world in search of hope, escape from religious persecution, wealth from the gold rush, and to start their life over. This is what gave the United States the nickname, the melting pot, since so many different nationalities had to live within a single country. However, many native born Americans began to feel that the various cultures of these immigrant groups posed a threat to the American lifestyle, developing feelings of hatred towards them. This would directly lead to the rise of nativism and various anti-immigrant acts. However, these two actions were simply excuses and blames that Americans placed upon these unfortunate immigrants
Limitations on Minorities A limit will restrict one from receiving the opportunity they deserve. Although immigrants come for new economic and political opportunities, they are restricted from receiving all of these opportunities because they are labeled as a minority. In society, many people look down upon immigrants causing an imbalance of economical possibilities. According to Office of the Historian, during the Gilded Age, there were many immigrants who came to America. The Chinese immigrants faced large amounts of dissent through the Chinese Exclusion Act “which, per the terms of the Angell Treaty, suspended the immigration of Chinese laborers (skilled or unskilled) for a period of 10 years.” This restricted the Chinese from receiving
This refers to a group of marginalized American citizens with origin from the Asian continent. The coming of Asians into America can be traced as far as the 1810s, between 1850 and 1905 a lot of Asians mostly Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos and later south Asian Americans immigrated into America in large numbers mostly as unskilled laborers. As their numbers increased rapidly1, ‘the model minority’ as they were referred to back then started facing racial discrimination in the U.S. This resulted as the other Americans saw them as a threat to job opportunities hence a generalized dislike towards them resulted. This was until the year 1965 when changes were made in the immigration laws eliminating race as an immigration factor.
The Chinese immigrant labor of the Central Pacific track were people who came to the Americas for work in California in 1805. The reasons of overpopulation and poverty from their homeland as majority came from Tyson and Guantanamo .They took jobs like laborers,worked from home as servants, and fisherman.They faced prejudice and laws limiting opportunity and had enough work for 4,000 men. However, the contractors could barely handle 800 workers and many of Irish immigrants who left were replaced with the chinese immigrants.The amount of labors of the immigrants grew to 12,000 in 1868. The Taiping Rebellion was of the cause that had chinese immigrants to come to the United States as for it was a major loss for it cost 20,000 dollars to rebuild
In any case, with such a limitless measure of nonnatives who yearning access into the nation, section into the United States has turned out to be significantly more mind boggling subsequent to the times of Ellis Island. Subsequently, this new century has offered ascent to another sort of immigrant: the illegal immigrant. Frantic to turn into a piece of the blasting American society, thousands upon thousands of immigrants have started to enter the United States illegally. Overlooking the laws put forward by the American government, these immigrants enter the nation and unnoticeable acclimatize themselves in the way of life of the United States. With the impact of a few components, for example, extensive fringes and boisterous natives who decline to maintain the law, the administration basically permits these people to enter the nation and really cause some real harm.
Finally, the social impact of illegal immigrants is also an issue. Immigration has been a major social issue since the end of the 20th century. Some people believe that a society of illegal immigrants whom are living among legal immigrants will be an optimistic scenario of both sides living in harmony (Martin, 1994). Others believe that it will be a pessimistic scenario with ethnic and racial groups going against one another, both within the immigrant community and between immigrants and natives. Another negative effect of immigration is that immigration is rising in the United States every year changing American culture.