Immigration Reform Of The United States

1508 WordsFeb 27, 20157 Pages
People all over the world come to the United States of America for better opportunities, such as employment and reuniting with family. These people are immigrants. However, many people immigrate illegally, meaning they do not comply with proper protocol for becoming a U.S. citizen. Throughout the history of America, reformation of immigration policy has already been implicated in federal law. Presently, immigration reforms are being considered to make it easier for foreigners to start a new life in the United States of America. Before the United States declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, any person who traveled to settle in the 13 colonies would not technically be considered an immigrant because the 13 colonies were still under British rule. A majority of these people who made the journey to the New World were British, Irish, Dutch, German, Swedish, and Finnish. According the article “A History of Immigration Reform” by Andrew Soergel, the “Naturalization Act of 1790 that the federal government developed” finally enabled the U.S. to have some sort of organized course of action for naturalization. Under this act, only free and white immigrants were granted citizenship after two years of living in the United States. Due to the Naturalization Act of 1790 having so many restrictions on who is able to become a citizen, other naturalization acts were implicated in the future. During the times of the Civil War (1861-1865) and Reconstruction, immigration
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