Immigration Issues

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  • Natralization Act

    Natralization Act
    This act lengthened the time it took to become an american to fourteen years. It was supposed to protect national security, most some believe it was ment to decrease the number of voters who were Anti-Federalist . At the time, many French and Irish immigrants liked Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans, who opposed the Federalists.
  • The Potato Famine

    The Potato Famine
    Weary men, what reap ye? Golden corn for the stranger.
    What sow ye? Human corpses that wait for the avenger.
    Fainting forms, Hunger—stricken, what see you in the offing
    Stately ships to bear our food away, amid the stranger's scoffing
    There's a proud array of soldiers—what do they round your door?
    They guard our master's granaries from the thin hands of the poor
    Pale mothers, wherefore weeping? 'Would to God that we were dead
    Our children swoon before us, and we cannot give them bread.
  • European Revolutions

    European Revolutions
    Revolutions all over Euroupe caused many to go to America for political reasons.
  • California Gold Rush

     California Gold Rush
    Tens of thousands immigrated from other nations like from Latin America, China, Europe, and Australia hopeing to get rich.
  • Page Act

    Page Act
    Prohibited the entry of immigraqnts classified as "undesirable" (someone from Asia who was going to be a laborer, Asian woman who might engage in prostitution, and convicts)
    "the Page Act created the policing of immigrants around sexuality which “gradually became extended to every immigrant who sought to enter America,” and today remains a central feature of immigration restriction."
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    This act is the first time the concept 'illigal immigrants' is used in America, it prevented the natralization of Asians and provided for thier deportation. This act is considered “a response to racism [in America] and to anxiety about threats from cheap labor [from China].” James P. Smith and Barry Edmonston, Eds. "The New Americans: Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of Immigration", (1997). The National Academic Press. page 23, 3rd paragraph
  • Influx of Jews and Germans

    Influx of Jews and Germans
    Many Jews came to America fleeing the Russian Empire. After 1934 Jews, along with any other above-quota immigration, were usually denied access to the United States.
  • Immigration Act of 1917

    Immigration Act of 1917
    This act kept all “idiots”, “feeble-minded persons”,“homosexuals”, "criminals", “insane persons”, alcoholics,“epileptics”, “professional beggars”, and all people who are “mentally or physically defective” from immigrating to America, In addition it stated that all immigrants over the age of sixteen who were illiterate could not enter.
  • Johnson Quota Act

    Johnson Quota Act
    This act made it so that only 3% of the amount of an ethnic group living in america were alowed to immigrate per year.
  • Johnson–Reed Act

    Johnson–Reed Act
    "In all its parts, the most basic purpose of the 1924 Immigration Act was to preserve the ideal of American homogeneity."
    This act changed the percent of people from any outside nation to 2% of the number of those nationality already in america per year from 3%.
  • Japanese-American internment

    Japanese-American internment
    Inprisionment of anyone Japenese suspected of not being loyal to America.
    "This vacuum precipitated a mass immigration of Mexican workers into the United States to fill these jobs"
    Berberoglu, Berch. Labor and Capital in the Age of Globalization. 2002, page 90
  • Internal Security Act

     Internal Security Act
    This act was the begining of the cold war and the red scare, it was supposed to eliminate communist immigration. It was called "the greatest danger to freedom of speech, press, and assembly since the Alien and Sedition Laws of 1798," a "mockery of the Bill of Rights" and a "long step toward totalitarianism" by President Truman, but was passed despite his veto.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    Perhaps the most unclear of American wars, this war was started because of America and south Korea's participation in the UN. This is also believed to have caused more racism in America.
  • Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

    Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952
    This act, too, passed despite a veto. The Act classified three kinds of immigrants: refugees, immigrants with special skills or relatives of U.S. citizens who were exempt from quotas and who were to be admitted without restrictions; and average immigrants who must be less than 270,000 per year.
    "I believe that this nation is the last hope of Western civilization and if this oasis of the world shall be overrun, perverted, contaminated or destroyed"
    Senator McCarran
  • Cuban Revolution

    Cuban Revolution
    This event lead to an increase in immigration of refugees from cuba to America.
  • Operation Wetback

    Operation Wetback
    This operation was meant to deport more illigal mexican immigrants, including going to the homes of mexican-americans and checking for citizenship papers. Eisenhower said in a letter "The rise in illegal border-crossing by Mexican 'wetbacks' to a current rate of more than 1,000,000 cases a year has been accompanied by a curious relaxation in ethical standards extending all the way from the farmer-exploiters of this contraband labor to the highest levels of the Federal Government."
  • United States v. Brignoni-Ponce

    United States v. Brignoni-Ponce
    Man was pulled over for 'driving mexican'. Supreme court ruled it unlawful.
  • Border deaths

    Border deaths
    The number of KNOWN deaths from border crossing are in the hundreds per year, in addition to those, several people have been wounded and killed in conflicts between immigrants and border potrols as well as cartels and vigilante murders.