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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 Szumski 19 This poem placed at the base of The Statue of Liberty was rightfully depicted as a welcome mat for the rejected and oppressed people of other nations However our country is now becoming disorganized and bombarded with mass immigration This problem causes money to be spent on various areas of immigration therefore Immigration negatively depletes the United States economyA nation of immigrants is what we asked for and is what we received with people first starting to arrive after America gained its independence from Great Britain in 1783 Immigration was considered paltry immediately after the United States gained its independence and picked up shortly after There were three main rushes of immigration recognized before World War I The first consisted of five million people mostly traveling from Great Britain Germany Scandinavia Switzerland and Holland between 1815 and 1860 The second rush almost identical to the first in the sense of origin obtained twice as many people as the first a count of ten million people within a shortened time between 1860 and 1890 The third and final pre- World War I rush amounted to 15 million people mostly from Italy Austria-Hungary Russia Greece Romania and Turkey occurred between 1890 and 1914 As one can see these numbers show immigration was getting out of control early on leading up to present day problems Then the back round of immigration shifted Between 1820 and 1960 85 percent of immigrants to the United States came from Europe 13 percent from Western Hemisphere countries and 3 percent from Asia Levine 8 Ellis Island started off as a government land used as a military base The base consisted of housing a twenty-gun battery a magazine and a barracks On September
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