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The statue of liberty has long been a symbol of Americas open door to the masses of humanity Inscribed at the base of the statue are these words Give me your tired your poor your huddled masses yearning to breathe free the wretched refuse of your teeming shore Send these the homeless tempest-tossed to me I lift my lamp beside the golden door Lazarus The fact that we are a melting pot for so many different cultures races and religions makes America unique in the world It is also what has helped mold this countrys national character For more than 300 years various ethnic cultural and social groups have come to the American shores to reunite with their loved ones to seek economic opportunity and to find a haven from religious and political persecution They have brought with them their hopes and dreams and in turn have contributed to enrich and energize America More than a million immigrants arrive in the United States each year Of these 700000 enter as lawful permanent residents and another 100000 to 150000 enter legally as refugees or others fleeing persecution According to Lindsey Grant the United States population was 75 million in 1900 is now about 275 million and may well grow to 404 million by 2050 and 571 million in 2100 Post-2000 immigrants and their descendants will contribute two-thirds of that growth Grant According to Negative Population Growth NPG a national membership organization founded in 1972 to educate the American public and political leaders about the detrimental effects of overpopulation the following chart shows the amount of growth in our country due to immigration over the past decades NPG PeriodTotal Immigration 1821-30 143439 1831-40 599125 1841-50 1713251 1851-60 2598214 1861-70 2314824 1871-80 2812191 1881-90 5246613 1891-00 3687564 1901-10 8795386 1911-20 5735811 1921-30 4107209 1931-40 528431 1941-50 1035039 1951-60 2515479 1961-70 3321677 1971-80 4493314 1981-90 7338062 1991-97 6944591 The main reason why many people prefer to come
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