Ever since July 4th 1776, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, there has been a belief in the minds, and hearts of all Americans. This belief has taken people farther than they could ever imagine and has made America a place for everyone. This belief has turned people from rags to riches, and made America the most appealing country in the world. The “American dream” is the belief that has captivated this regal country. It’s a dream that gives everyone freedom, a freedom from oppression and a freedom to achieve anything, a liberty to live a wonderful life. The United States is known as the land of free and home of the brave. Although many people in United States may take their rights and this land for granted, others living in need see America as a land where they can accomplish their dreams and fulfill their hopes. Nevertheless, many people from third-world countries travel illegally to the U.S. They come to this country looking for opportunities they don’t have in their own countries. It seems to be reasonable, but with countless illegal immigrants doing so every year, it is becoming a big problem. In fact, Illegal immigration overpopulates the U.S. and creates Economic and social difficulties. But it also culturally diversifies the country and gives a chance for the most unprivileged of us. Since the founding of James Town in 1607, immigrants have been coming to America. Some wanted freedom to worship, others searched for gold or other forms of wealth, and many were dragged here in chains against their will (Plesser, 3). This was only the beginning. The flow of immigrants into the United States stayed on a gradually increasing rate since the 17th century. The United States encouraged immigration during its first century of existence. A multitude of Immigrants came into the United States to work in the farms and help clear the new frontier. The U.S. was on the verge of its largest historical expansion. Immigrants were needed to do diversified jobs. took up the offer because they saw a chance of freedom in the New World (Plesser, 6). There were only a few immigrants in 1820. Only 8,000 immigrants entered the United States. Then, the number began to raise slowly, an increase that would continue, with ebbs and flows, for almost a century. From 1820 to 1920, over 51 million Immigrants entered America. One of the first attempts to slow the migration rate was the Oriental Exclusion Act of 1882. In 1882, Congress passed the ‘first general immigration statute’. This legislation established a centralized immigration administration under the Secretary of the Treasury. It also provided for the exclusion of immigrants convicted of political offences, lunatics, idiots, and people likely to end up on welfare. One example of this procedure involved Chinese immigrants. In the 1870s, the majority of Chinese immigrants were employed during the expansion of the Railroad. The workers, especially the Chinese, were responsible for the building of the Trans-Continental Railroad. This kept the influx of the Orientals as an on going and steady number migrating into the United States. The government was concerned with the rise of the number of immigrants into the nation. Therefore, they exercised greater control of the number of allowed immigrants. Thus creating such acts as the Chinese Exclusion Act, which would almost restrain the influx of Chinese (Plesser 9). According to Nick Griffin a BNP Leader, during the late 1980 the government passed an immigration act called the Simpson-Rodio Act. This allowed all illegal immigrates living in the country since 1982, legalization. He said, "This allowed more than 3 million aliens to live here". It also gave employers strict fines for hiring illegal immigrants without documentation. "The idea behind the employer sanctions was to diminish or eliminate the demand for undocumented workers, there by reducing their incentives to enter the country." Today, some people believe that illegal...
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