The Immigration Of The United States

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The History of Immigration Most people think to themselves “why immigrate?” Although there are multiple answers to this question, many people face different challenges in life, and this just might have been what pushed the French and European to settle in the New World. Since the colonial era, America has seen a wave of immigrants migrate in search of freedom and equality. Is this the same immigration today? Nearly 11.6 million immigrants from Mexico reside in the U.S. Today Immigration has a significant impact on many aspects of life in the United States, from the workforce and the classroom to communities across the country. Not all immigrants come to America legally whether as naturalized citizens, legal permanent residents, refugees…show more content…
Immigration Before 1965."). When it was seen that you can take a ship a crossed the ocean and survive there was a race to start a new life. Another wave of immigration occurred from around 1815 to 1865. These immigrants were much different than the wave that occurred in the 1400s. Back in the 1400s Eastern Europe rushed to settle. Around the 1800s a majority of the newcomers hailed from Northern and Western Europe. Approximately one-third of Ireland came to live a better life due to the potato blight that stuck their country and ensuring famine. The point of arrival were in the cities along the East Coast some 4.5 million Irish migrated to the United States ("U.S. Immigration Before 1965."). As the United States started coming to together piece by piece there is a big need for transportation within the country. This pushed the idea of the Transcontinental Railroad, to build this great source of transportation there was a need for manual labor. By the summer of 1868, 4,000 workers two thirds of which were Chinese, had built the rail road stretching from East to the West ("CHINESE-AMERICAN CONTRIBUTION TO TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD."). Without the efforts if the Chinese workers in the building of America’s railroads, our development and progress as a nation would have been delayed by years. Thousands of workers, including Irish and German immigrants, former Union and Confederate
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