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American Immigration Policy Immigration has held a major role in shaping our country Immigrants have provided many things such as customs manufacturing inventions and entertainment Many people today dont realize how greatly we have been affected by immigration A survey was given to ten people The survey contained a list of people who were all immigrants When asked how many actually were only one person got the question right Old Immigration occurred between 1840-1890 Immigrants during this time period came from countries such as Ireland Germany and Scandinavian countries Norway Denmark Sweden and Finland Next came the period of New Immigration These newcomers came from Italy Russia Poland Lithuania Greece Austria etc most of whom were peasants who couldnt speak English The people who migrated during the period of Old Immigration disliked these aliens because it meant lower wages for themselves and the new immigrants had greater advantages including poor and political machines These people also were not willing to adapt to American ways of life created their own little towns that resemble their homeland They were treated as outcasts New Immigration ended with World War I when the immigrant boats were being sunk Immigration is still continuing today Current Immigration includes people from Latin America the Philippines and Asia Laws regarding immigration are constantly changing to fit the needs of society In 1854 the Know-Nothing Party declared the need for strict limits on Immigration Members of this party felt it was necessary that immigrants must be residents of the United States for 21 years before being granted citizenship The campaign ended in 1860 during the time of the Civil War due to the demand of immigrants needed to enlist in the Union Army Ten years later the Naturalization Act is passed This states that only white persons and persons of African descent are able to become citizens This excludes all Asians This trend continues for several decades In
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