U.S. Immigration -the early years
I was reading in Harvard University Library about the history of Immigration.
New immigrants had to reside in the U.S. for 14 years before they were allowed to be an American citizen until 1802 when the Jefferson Administration revised the Naturalization Act of 1798 founded by George Washington. Jefferson reduced the wait time to five years. Immigration started growing fast. It grew from 500,000 to 5 million. Then 10 million peaked around 1905. The Great Depressions of the 1930’s showed a dramatic decline in new immigrations to the United States of America.
Most people left their homelands and immigrated to America (or to anywhere, for that matter) for one (or more) of three reasons:
2. To escape religious or political persecution
3. Better opportunities in the new land
50,000 winners are picked each year from the diversity (green card) lottery.
In 2010: – according to one report, about 1.04 million people received legal permanent resident status. Of those, 139,120 were born in Mexico, 70,863 were born in China, and 58,173 were born in the Philippines (DHS).
There is an estimated 10.5 -11.5 million illegal immigrants depending on the reports.
– A record number of immigrants were deported from the United States in 2010 … In 2009, deportations totaled 389,834
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