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What makes the United States of America different from any other country in the world The one thing is that most all of the people that live here are immigrants or descendants of immigrants Immigrants are people who left their own country to make a new home in another country Immigrants built the United States up to where it is today It was built on the migrations of people from many regions of the world with different religious faiths languages and racial features In the 16th century Europeans began to leave Europe and settle in the New World the Western Hemisphere as explorers discovered the new lands Scholars used the terms push and pull to describe their coming to America Push refers to the forces that drove them out of their homeland while pull refers to the opportunities that encourage them to leave their homeland Immigration had started out as a good opportunity for the United States Every group who came had made a contribution to the nations achievements Over the years they built cities railroads and factories until the United States reached from coast to coast and became the wealthiest and the most powerful nation in the world but the immigrants didnt stop migrating The numbers kept rising and so did the problems Crime went up and the economy went down Laws were then set to stop the flow of the immigrants but they still didnt stop Illegal immigration has a negative impact on American society and the government should fight back In the 20th century the nation has dealt with the problem of how many immigrants they should allow to enter the states Polls showed that between sixty and eighty percent of citizens in the 1990s felt that immigration should be stopped Immigration to the United States is at its highest ever It is the driving force behind population growth Between the 1970s and the 1980s the US admitted 107 million
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