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Defending the Argument. Our claim, then, is that “the environmental argument” is sound and that America should scale back immigration. I hear that it is but an imperfect copy that I possess and have read, that my ancestors have torn out many of the first leaves and grandest passages, and mutilated it in many places. We believe that. I will state my reasons why I think it proper to propose amendments. It is to provide those securities for liberty, which are required by a part of the community. The first of these amendments relates to what may be called a bill of rights (click the link below to view the full speech by James Madison). Transcription of Primary Source. To the honorable the senate and house of representatives of the United States of America, in congress assembled.
The Impact of Immigration on American Society: In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on demography, immigration and ethnicity, and Southeast Asia, Hirschman conducts research on immigration and ethnicity in United States and on social change in Southeast Asia.
There is a strong base of support for continued immigration as a necessary ingredient for economic growth and as an essential element of a cosmopolitan society among many Americans. Almost 60 million people— more than one fifth of the total population of the United States—are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
Many opponents of immigration are old stock Americans who have all but forgotten their immigrant ancestors. They often live in small towns or in suburban areas, and many have relatively little contact with immigrant families in their neighborhoods, churches, and friendship networks.
Beyond the debate over the economic consequences of immigration, there is also an emotional dimension that shapes sentiments toward immigration. Many Americans, like people everywhere, are more comfortable with the familiar than with change. They fear that newcomers with different languages, religions, and cultures are reluctant to assimilate to American society and to learn English.
Although many of the perceptions and fears of old stock Americans about new immigrants are rooted in ignorance and prejudice, the fears of many Americans about the future are not entirely irrational. The news media often cite examples of industries that seek out low cost immigrant workers to replace native born workers.
Some sectors, such as harvesting vegetables and fruits in agriculture, have very few native born Americans seeking jobs in them, but immigrants are also disproportionately employed in many other sectors, including meatpacking, construction, hospitals, and even in many areas of advanced study in research universities.
These examples are fodder for unscrupulous political leaders who seek to exploit popular fears for their own ends. The current debates and hostility surrounding immigrants echo throughout American history.
Not only have almost all immigrants or their descendants assimilated over time, but they have broadened American society in many positive ways.
In this review, I discuss the popular fears about immigrants by old stock Americans and the historical record of immigrant contributions to the evolution of the industrial economy, political reform, and even to the development of American culture. In the century before the American revolution, there was a major wave of free and indentured labor from England and other parts of Europe as well as large scale importation of slaves from Africa and the Caribbean.
Although some level of immigration has been continuous throughout American history, there have been two epochal periods: Each of these eras added more than 25 million immigrants, and the current wave is far from finished.
During some of the peak years of immigration in the early s, about one million immigrants arrived annually, which was more than one percent of the total U. In the early 21st century, there have been a few years with more than one million legal immigrants, but with a total U.
The first impact of immigration is demographic. The 70 million immigrants who have arrived since the founding of the republic formal records have only been kept since are responsible for the majority of the contemporary American population Gibson Multi-Cultural Leftist: Our diversity is our strength!
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15 Common Arguments against Immigration, Addressed. “Amnesty or failure to enforce our immigration laws will destroy the Rule of Law in the United States.” we’re just lucky that we inherited excellent institutions from our ancestors.
MAIN STREET WILL NEVER be the same if the flood of “legal” immigrants from Third World Nations is not brought to a definitive halt. In a Presidential Memorandum to the US State Department dated 8 October , Obama announced that he will import an additional 80, immigrants — mostly from.