Stricter Immigration Policy Analysis

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1. What was the problem or issue?
As Americans pushed westward, the demand for laborers on the frontier grew. Asian immigrants began to arrive in North America the mid 1800’s with the hopes of creating better lives for themselves (Jannson, 2014, pg 128). Asian laborers became ideal for employers because they could be paid lower wages, had no political power as they were not considered citizens, and were easily stopped from holding labor strikes (Jannson, 2014, pg 129). With the increased favorability towards Asian laborers, white workers were faced with the fear of losing their jobs or a decrease in their compensation, (Jannson, 2014, pg 129). This period of “fear” ultimately led to the nation instating stricter immigration policies (Jannson,
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What potential solutions were there for addressing the policy problem? And what was chosen as the solution?
To address the issue of white laborers losing their jobs to ethnic minorities, the government attempted to stop the influx of immigrants. Congress’ first attempt at immigration policy was with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which prohibited the immigration of all Chinese laborers to the United States (Jannson, 2014, pg 129). It was the first federal law that excluded the immigration of an entire ethnic group based on the assumption it was endangering the amount of jobs for the superior race (National Archives, 1989).
In the following years, other Asian nationalities began to replace the former Chinese immigrants (Jannson, 2014, pg. 129). Not only were white Americans fearful of their job stability, they feared cultural change due to the increase in immigration (Jannson, 2014, pg. 191).nA series minor of legislation were passed to address the perceived problem (Jannson, 2014, pg 191). Ultimately, the Immigration Act of 1924 was instated stating that “the number of foreign-born persons admitted each year to 2% of the number of that nationality residing in the United States in 1890” (Jannson, 2014, pg. 129). This did not include the Chinese, as they were still not permitted to immigrate to the United States (Jannson, 2014, pg.
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