Sunday, April 16, 2017

Turn of the Century

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This post will be dealing with immigration from 1877 to 1919. During the early 1900's, immigrants were pouring into the United States at unprecedented rates - statistics indicate close to 14.5 million. This era was also characterized by diversity. While immigrants before arrived mostly from northern and western Europe, many immigrants were now coming from eastern Europe and Asia. However with mass immigration came changes in American attitudes. This article highlights the legislations set in place to regulate immigration into the US. Such an example is the Chinese Exclusion Act - passed in 1882 - in order to prohibit the immigration of all Chinese laborers. Another means to control immigration mentioned in the article were literacy tests, and led to the passing of the Immigration Act of 1917. Literacy tests required that immigrants be able to read and write in their native languages. In addition, comprehensive medical examinations were performed on all immigrants who stepped foot in the United States. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Divided Nation

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This post will be dealing with Birthright Citizenship mentioned in the 14th amendment, (which was added post Civil War and during the Reconstruction Era), and its implications in our lives today. The 14th amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July  9, 1868, and granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized  in the United States" including former slaves. This includes Birthright citizenship, which allows even children born to Immigrants or non US citizens to be identified as US citizens - regardless of their parents' status. Lately the issue of birthright citizenship has come up multiple  times on the news along with Trump's new Immigration policies. Much debate surrounds the idea of granting automatic US citizen to children born to foreigners on US soil - including those of Refugees or Illegal Immigrants. "Trump recently has told CNN that he doesn't believe people born in the United States to undocumented immigrants are in fact American citizens" - although this is only his judgement, what would really would happen if birthright citizenship was taken away? This article  attempts to bring the opposition to their senses. Experts warns that ending birthright citizenship would be a disaster. Hundreds of thousands would become 'stateless' children having no legal status and thus nowhere to go. Stateless persons cannot travel, vote, nor have access to education or healthcare. Without any legal status, it is near impossible to find a job and be a functioning member of society. According to the article, these circumstances can make individuals prone to crime, human trafficking, etc. The author says, "If the children of migrants were not granted citizenship in the United States, the problem of statelessness "could spiral out of control," he says. "It would be a humanitarian crisis within the United States." Birthright Citizenship has already been established in the Constitution by the ratification of the 14th amendment. It is a right given to all born on US soil who are willing to serve and sacrifice for this country. Taking this right away inevitably also takes away from American values, and the very things we stand for.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Founding Era

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                This post will be about the topic of immigration during the founding era. Recently, a musical play starring Alexander Hamilton was released. The play portrayed him as an immigrant who was supportive and encouraging of foreign immigration into the United States, however, according to this article, this is false. At first, Hamilton supported immigration into the country because their acquired skills and talents that could better the economy. later on, Hamilton - although an immigrant himself - grew increasingly opposed to foreigners coming to the United States due to the threat of minorities disrupting the delicate political and social balance. Hamilton also supported the Alien and Sedition Acts which "made it harder for immigrants to become citizens while allowing their deportation if they were suspected of disloyalty". Hamilton's views matched the views of the majority at that time - that foreigners would ruin the country

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Colonial Period

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             This post will be talking about Immigration during the colonial period. Virginia during this time period was marked by patterns of Immigration. Early Virginia was an immigration society and part of the reason that Virginia survived as a colony was because of Immigrants who supported the dying population as well as rejuvenating the economy. Many immigrants voluntarily arrived from England, their primary reason being economic gain as they were suffering from poverty back in Europe. Another type of immigration was the forceful transportation of African slaves along the middle passage to the colonies. In this article by James Horn, it is stated that immigrants who arrived from England came from a variety of backgrounds such as urban towns and rural communities. Young, old, or middle aged, these immigrants had a profound impact on Virginian society by making a struggling colony into a highly functional and profitable region.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

1st Blog - Immigration

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          For my US History class, my teacher has asked us to pick a theme and analyze it throughout the school year. The theme I have chosen is Immigration. This is important because America is a country of Immigrants, in fact, our founding fathers were immigrants as well. As the Presidential Election quickly approaches, the main debate between the two nominees is concerning Immigration. Many people are concerned with the illegal immigrants coming from Mexico, or the refugees arriving from the Middle East.

         While some Americans may believe that we're better off without it, Seth Millstein in his article states that Immigration is actually beneficial for America. He says that Immigrants don't hurt the economy at all. They're not taking anyone's job, instead filling in the gaps in American labor markets and strengthening networks with different countries. Immigrants further add to America's diversity - the beauty of our nation. The author definitely does not support the Republican Nominee, Donald Trump's immigration policies, rather leaning towards the left side. Overall, I agree with the author. Solving the illegal immigration crisis is a genuine undertaking, but building walls and closing borders won't solve the problem.