A Historical Analysis Of The Immigration Policy

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Running head: IMMIGRATION POLICY 1 IMMIGRATION POLICY 2 A Historical Analysis of Immigration Policy Calli N. Morrison & Constance R. Tullis School of Social Work University of Little Rock Author Note Calli N. Morrison and Constance R. Tullis are students at the School of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Correspondence should be addressed to Calli N. Morrison and Constance R. Tullis, School of Social Work, Ross Hall, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72204. Email: crtullis@ualr.edu, cnmorrison@ualr.edu A Historical Analysis of Immigration Policy The Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, a destination for many of the early American immigrants, reads an inscription, ?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-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" (National Park Service, 2016). This excerpt from a poem by Emma Lazarus encompasses the American spirit that led to the American Revolution and separation from England. America was a country comprised of immigrants who came to the New World to make a home of peace, safety and, as the statue stands, liberty. Looking through over 200 years of America?s history, the attitudes toward foreigners have changed drastically. The first immigrants became American citizens and enjoyed the freedoms and rights that democracy
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