Economic Benefits Of Immigration

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Workers are always searching for a higher paying job to help support themselves and their families, even if it means moving to a different country. Economic benefit is one the main reasons why people would immigrant to the US. Others may seek economic losses if it meant that they would gain political freedom or reunification with their families. The US has historically been an immigration country, with new waves coming from different regions throughout generations. The first wave occurred in the 19th century which consisted of mostly Northern European, while southern and Eastern European came in the late 19th century to early 20th century. In the 1920’s quotas were put into place in an attempt to preserve the ethnic composition of the country. The 1965 Immigration Act got rid of these quotas in the eastern hemisphere and put an emphasis on family reunification by having a visa system for immigrants put in place. As a matter of fact, this act changed US policy which had previously discriminated against non-northern Europeans. By implementing this policy and many others after there has been a large increase in immigration of less-skilled workers into the US. For example, the Immigration Act of 1990 again focused on family reunification, employment-based immigrants and diversity of immigrants. By taking in all these immigrants, there are both costs and benefits that do occur. Benefits range from boosting the American economy to increasing in specialization of immigrant’s
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