A Concise History of U.S. Immigration
How Newcomers to America Went from Settlers to Immigrants
“Those who come hither are generally of the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation.” Ben Franklin
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A Guarded Gate
Began During the 19th Century
Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out
Summary from author/editor Walter Antoniotti

Prosperous German Jews were welcomed by Boston's upper crust society early in the 19th century. By the end of the century, so many really poor Eastern Europe Jews and Italians had migrated into poor sections of Boston that Henry Cabot Lodge had other Boston Brahmins  limit immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. Established upper crust German Jews, who called the new Yiddish speaking arrivals Kike, joined the fight against business lobbies (manufactures + resource gatherers and European shipping companies who were stuffing immigrants the ship's hole).

Prominent Jewish association in Boston and NY had been resettling immagrants around the United States but by the end of the century, many Brahmins were lumping all Jews into one race, so these association became more helpful to new arrivals.

Many promenade American aristocrat think FDR and Eleanor felt that Americans with Northern and Western European heritage were committing Race Suicide by having few children because they would soon be outnumbered by rapidly reproducing immigrants. The 1901associations of President McKinley by eastern Europeans move limited immigration back to the front pages.

 

 "...by the early 1970s, illegal immigration from Mexico had increased, and the House of Representatives approved employer sanctions, imposing fines on U.S. employers who knowingly hired illegal alien workers. However, the Senate, at the behest of farmers, refused to agree. Instead, Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter appointed commissions to study the causes and consequences of illegal immigration. In 1981, the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy (SCRIP) concluded that (1) immigration was in the U.S. national interest, but the United States needed to reduce back-door illegal immigration to prevent nativist sentiments from halting front-door legal immigration; and that (2) illegal immigration adversely affected unskilled American workers and should be reduced with a new federal employer sanctions law. The Select Commission recommended that illegal immigrants who had established roots in the United States should be given amnesty and allowed to stay and then sponsor their families for admission."  Hoover Institute:  Making and Remakins America with Immigration

Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 banned Chinese laborers
Anarchist Exclusion Act of 1904
Immigration Act_of_1917 added to undesirables banned from entering the country with alcoholics, anarchists, contract laborers, criminals, convicts ... [17]

Created an Asiatic barred zone from which people could not immigrate, including much of Asia , [20] ,but neither Japan nor the Philippines were banned.[20] 

Head tax increased to $8 per person

Mexican workers head tax exclusion ended. [5]

Immigration Act of 1917 passed Congress with an overwhelming majority. It added to undesirables banned by  including: alcoholics, anarchists, contract laborers, criminals, convicts ... [17]  Asiatic barred zone was created [20]  Neither Japan nor the Philippines were included.[20]  Increased the head tax to $8 per person and ended the exclusion of Mexican workers from this head tax.[5]

 

The U.S. repatriated about 400,000 Mexicans from 1929 to 1934.
"Politicians at that time argued that it would give jobs to American workers and attenuate the unemployment problems caused by the Great Depression. ... Overall, not only did politicians’ claims not materialize, but it seems like the repatriation program may have hurt some native workers. Specifically, the repatriation of Mexicans, who were mostly laborers and farm workers, reduced demand for other jobs in the local economy mainly held by natives," Jongkwan Lee, Giovanni Peri and Vasil Yasenov write in an
Institute of Labor Economics discussion paper.
U.S, Took Their Land, Let Them Enter, Threw Them Out

Problem: Illegal's With Jobs

7.8 million illegal aliens took 2016 US Jobs
Pushback has business looking for an alternative.

475,000: In the fiscal year to September,
US Border Patrol arrested some 
475,000 people
trying to enter the US without papers as families,
 up 342 percent from the same period in 2018.
Of those apprehended, 
76,020 were minors,
that's more than during any other period on record.

 

Problem: Legal's With Jobs

   

Recent History

Trump Slowed Immigration Processing

Immigration is #1 Voter Issue

When it Comes to Crime
Immigrants Become Americanized Too Quickly

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History Doesn't Change

Muslims Replace Jews, Chinese, Italians, Irish
 as the latest Once-Banned Group

Education, as Usual, is Important

 

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Debunking Immigration Myths from conservative G.W. Bush

0: For the first time since it began keeping monthly records, the United States in October resettled precisely zero refugees from abroad. This comes as the Trump administration is cutting the overall number of refugees permitted in the United States and tightening requirements for entry.

 

Definitions

"Foreign born" and "immigrant" are used interchangeably and refer to persons with no U.S. citizenship at birth. This population includes naturalized citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees and asylums, persons on certain temporary visas, and the unauthorized.

Geographical regions: Migration Policy Institute follows the definition of Latin America as put forth by the United Nations and the U.S. Census Bureau, which spans Central America (including Mexico), the Caribbean, and South America. For more information about geographical regions, see the U.S. Census Bureau and United Nations Statistics Division.