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American Immigration: Then and now

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Sarah Kruse

on 22 January 2014

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Transcript of American Immigration: Then and now

First Immigrants
1840-1920: ca. 40 million immigrants arrived in the US

around 1600 British and other Europeans

Ethnic mix also included Native Americans and african slaves

Reasons: war, drought, starvation, religious persecution, hope for greater opportunities
Ellis Island
gateway for millions of immigrants to the US as the nation's busiest immigrant inspect station from 1892 until 1954

immigrants were tagged with informations and passed through medical and legal inspections

today: Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Illegal Immigrants
USCIS guess that about 5 million people are living in the US without permission

number is growing by about 275.000 a year

Americans believes that illegal immigrants steal their jobs

Congress 1986: About 3 million undocumented immigrants were granted legal status through this act

First immigrants
Ellis Island
Illegal Immigrants
Immigration today
Which conflicts would occur if only highly skilled immigrants would be allowed to immigrate to the US?
American Immigration: Then and now
Immigration today
The immigration to the US has been based upon three principles
1. Reunification of families
2. Employment based immigration
3. Refugees and Asylees

Since the immigration law from 1996 immigrants and tourists have to apply for a Green Card or a Visa

Which conflicts would occur if only highly skilled immigrants would be allowed to immigrate to the US?
Many Us-citizen support stricter laws
the majority of Americans is for immigration-as long as they're highly skilled
animosity towards immigrants

more illegal immigrants

How many immigrants are good for the US?
retain own customs and cultures

Former US Citizenship Test Questions
How many stripes are there in the flag?
What do the stripes on the flag mean?
Who was the first President of the United States?
What is the Constitution?
What is the basic belief of the Declaration of Independence?
What are the 2 major political parties in the U.S. today?
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