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What To Do About Immigration The concern about the impact that immigration impose on American society is not a new one Since the discovery of the New World immigrants from all over the world moved to American continent in search of a better life that this vast and rich in sources yet scarce in population land had promised them Soon the immigrants outnumbered the native population They came from England Europe and Asia In addition millions of Africans were imported as slaves By 1700 the United States became a country of immigrants and more were still to come At that time America welcomed everybody who ventured to settle in the new country At the end of the last century however not all immigrants were gladly received The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 shut the door for Chines immigrants It was followed by Quota Act of 1921 and Immigration Act of 1924 which restricted immigration from southern and eastern Europe Finally the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 restricted the number of immigrants from every nation Today as the United States experience the fourth wave of immigration the debate about what to do about it heats up According to Linda Chavez In 1993 over 800000 legal immigrants were admitted to the United States and an estimated 300000 illegal aliens settled here more or less permanently Over the last decade as many as ten million legal and illegal immigrants established permanent residence 327 However as Kenney David remarks the numbers by themselves may not be so disturbing for the foreign-born people represent only 87 percent of entire population of the United States 311 What bothers many Americans is the fact that the majority of immigrants comes from Latin America predominately Mexico The main objective of so-called nativists to whom one can refer Nicolaus Mills is that the growing ratio of Hispanics leads to disintegration of the American nation as a union In his article called
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