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How Much Immigration Since long before this country became a nation people were migrating here In fact the oldest human fossil ever found in the United States known as Del Mar Man was dated at 50000 years old Soto The people who made the trek across the Bering land bridge are thought to be the first inhabitants of North America They belonged to hunting and gathering societies who surely came here in search of food and a better climate Fifty thousand years ago if people wanted to pack their bags and move to another part of the world the only thing that could stop them was geography or perhaps weather There were no political borders no official checkpoints There were no customs officials at cold counters waiting to inspect passports or visas Today of course things are a little different Political borders are commonplace Even borders that were once invisible are now more than just arbitrary lines on a map More often now these borders are taking the shape of huge concrete or steel fences lined with razor wire or guards The United States occupies just part of North America a piece that the country has through various means carved out for itself Back in the eighteenth century following the fight for independence with Britain it was a relatively small country There were thirteen states and a relatively small population By 1995 the United States had grown to fifty states and over 250 million people US Statistics 830 It is arguably the greatest nation in the world the rest of the world often looks to the US for leadership It has the worlds largest economy and the highest standard of living This economic growth was not achieved merely by the proliferation of the original colonists though It was in part with immigration that this nation was able to rise to such a position in the world Many of the nations greatest inventors were foreign-born immigrants
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