We based United States as a country of Immigrants. The first
group were the Native Americans, but then again white men slowly took over
their lands and later on President Jackson prompt Congress to pass the Removal
Act — a bill created to force the Native Americans to leave the United States.
According to U.S news, United States has the highest permanent migrant in the
world with 1,051,000 in 2015 (U.S News & World Report). However, the
majority percentage of the population in United States are Immigrants. People
want to immigrate to the United States for many reasons. Some immigrate because
they received refugee status or to fulfill their dreams. Otherwise, Immigration
has an effect on the American society and economy.
The definition of immigrant is the action
of living eternally in a foreign country, which means all of those coming from
different countries are immigrants. During the European colonial period, you
had immigrants from places such as Ireland, Germany, England, Netherlands,
Latin (Low amount), and French (Low amount). These were the main immigration
group of countries from the 19th century.
German and Irish were the two
largest groups of immigrants to the United States. As statistics goes, the
majority of immigrants were from Ireland and Germany. Between these two groups,
the Irish were by far the largest. According to Library of Congress, it
estimated that an average of 4.5 million Irish civilians arrived in American
between 1820 and 1930, while the tragic in the 1840s — due to the Great Hunger
in Ireland, leaving 1.5 million dead (Immigration-Timeline) — the number of
immigrants increased rapidly. Families having to leave their
relatives, sons, mother, and father to pursue a better chance at life. One of
the best film that I have watched that would represent this event amazingly
would be “Brooklyn (2015)”. As it is
about a young Iris immigrant Ellis Lace departs from Ireland and her mother to
come ashore to New York City, while the illness quickly spreads back home.
However, through the strategy of the Great Famine, the Irish
embraced effectively into American society and culture. They lived in both
urban and rural areas, resolving the western frontier, and working as farmers.
They built governmental machines in key areas like the metropolitan. The
machines were typically run by Democratic Party to help immigrants adapt into
American society by providing them career opportunities and training.
are the Germans, which I mentioned were the second largest group of immigrants
to the United States. They came to the United States seeking public affairs,
freedom, and more countless economic opportunities than what they could find
back home. Many of the Germans were also farmers like the Irish societies. They
developed groundbreaking techniques such as crop rotation and soil
preservation. For other Germans, they create a stable living condition in the
metropolitan areas while pursuing a high-level education, establishing
manufacturing initiatives, and having an income of a middle and upper class.
As a result, I consider United States a nation of immigrants.
The United States success could not be possible without the generations of
immigrants. Immigrant’s started/owned business, developed technologies and
companies, created jobs, etc. We gather our thoughts and perspectives to create
something more magnificent towards the society and economy.
Therefore, there are two main differences that immigrants today
are different from those who arrived before. One is that the issue legal status
was not an issue in the earlier stage of immigration. In addition, they were
treated very different; less violent and aggressive than today. Second, as of
today, majority of the immigrants sustain a high level of education in school
and professional qualification. The obvious match we can see is that the
earlier immigrants were coming mostly from Europe, while the current immigrants
are from Latina America and Asia.