The United States ' Growth And Development

1783 Words May 19th, 2015 8 Pages
The United States’ growth and development is largely due to the migration of people from all around the world. That is the basis of why America is referred to as a “melting pot”, people of different ethnicities and cultures come to this country and unite as one. However, numerous institutionalized practices, policies and ideologies in the US makes it clear that immigrants are not welcomed or accepted by many in American society. The application of American ideologies, practices and policies has rejected immigrants and migrants in numerous ways hence negatively impacting their experience in the United States. Immigrants and migrants throughout history and today face the obstacles of being criminalized, exploited, alienated and stereotyped. All which demonstrate the rejection and negative experience of immigrants in American society.
No legal documentation was required to enter the US until the end of the nineteenth century when the US began passing immigration laws controlling the entry and residency conditions of foreign-born individuals. The laws were overtly racialized and reflected a preference for Northern and Western Europeans, while it denied entry to non-whites or placed quotas to unwanted immigrants (Golash-Boza, 359). The first racialized immigration policy that excluded one specific racial group was The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which denied entry to Chinese laborers, this was expanded by the Oriental Exclusion Act of 1924 that prohibited most immigration from…
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