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Many Americans are concerned about the influx of immigrants into our country They see new arrivals as a threat to jobs a drain on over-burdened social services and a threat to cultural traditions They complain There is a limit to how many newcomers can be absorbed and the rate at which they can be assimilated into the existing system We cant just tear down the borders and let everyone in with or without documentsOver the years the United States has been called a nation of immigrants The fact that we are a melting pot for so many different cultures races and religions makes us unique in the world It is also what has helped create our national character For more than 300 years various ethnic cultural and social groups have come to our shores to reunite with their loved ones to seek economic opportunity and to find a haven from religious and political persecution They bring their hopes their dreams and in turn contribute enrich and energize America Urbanization of America 182During the period of mass immigration between 1820 and 1920 urban growth in the United States achieved a new and unparalleled dimensions By far the largest number of immigrants settled in urban centers and therefore compounded the local concentration of an already growing resident population The reason for immigration in the period from 1820-1920 is very clear Land remained plentiful and fairly cheap Jobs were plenty and available and labor was scarce A decline in the birthrate as well as an increase in industry and urbanization reinforced this situation Cities and Immigrants 67 The United States in the 19th Century remained a strong magnet to immigrants with offers of jobs and land for farms Glowing reports from earlier arrivals who made good reinforced the notion that in America the streets were paved with gold as well as offerings of religious and political freedom Today less than a million immigrants arrive in the United States
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