Immigration In America: The Experience, Ronny Garcia

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Immigration has always been a major base for population growth and cultural diffusion in the United States, aside being founded by European immigrants. The history of American immigration can be divided into three main segments: colonial times, the turn/beginning of the 20th century and from the late 1960's to the present. Each period brought many different ethnicities and distinct races to America. During colonial times, most immigrants came from Northern Europe, by the 20th century until 1930, most immigrants came from Southern and Eastern Europe and in our generation, most immigrants have come from Latin America�. Yet not all immigrants experienced the same hardships that others went through

According to the Untied States Census Bureau, the population in America at the end of the 19th century and into the 20th century (1900 - 1930) was 122,775,046. Yet, 14,204,149 of this population were foreign born. These people were most likely to be from the countries of Ireland, Italy, France, Norway, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Greece and Russia.

Escape from religious, racial or political discrimination, or the search for new economic opportunities were reasons for emigration for most immigrants in America. Ranging from the age of 5 to 52, most of these immigrants were pushed into America through Ellis Island in New York. Here they were asked up to 29 questions including: name, occupation, and the amount of money they carried with them, relatives or a job in the United States, if they were polygamist or anarchist and more. While in other rooms, nurses and doctors checked if any immigrant had any contagious diseases�. This

check for diseases were done because by 1891, The United States had introduced laws for immigration regulation. In 1899, for example, Congress barred from admission those "suffering from a loathsome or a dangerous contagious disease" and those "convicted...