Throughout the United States’ history, immigration was and is an issue of debate. Some people want to help make immigrants, legal or illegal, have an easier time getting into the United States. Others want to make sure the illegal immigrants are punished and make it harder for them to become a citizen of America.
One of the first acts to help immigration was the Alien Naturalization Act of 1790 which states, ”...any alien, being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen…” (Alien Naturalization Act). When the General Immigration Act of 1882 was passed, the immigrants had to pay heavy taxes or be forced to leave America. The Alien Contract Labor Laws of 1885 and 1887 granted the immigrants certain jobs they can have. In 1875, the United States stopped tolerating illegal immigration by passing the Chinese Exclusion Act which made it impossible for Chinese immigrants to migrate the States. In 1918, passports were mandatory to have to migrate. In 1924, the Senate came together and developed the US border patrol to lower the illegal immigration numbers. In 1996 the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act stated that certain aliens subject to expulsion from the United States may become legal residents. The 14th Amendment also states that citizenship is given to all who are born in the United States of America.
“Last year, the Obama administration tried to make it easier for some illegal immigrants to stay in the country. Few were helped.” (propublica.org). A few years ago, the United states are deporting thousands upon thousands of illegal immigrants. Now, the Obama Administration are giving immigrants, both legal and illegal, more power. The Administration announced in June of 2012 a policy that helped young illegal immigrants stay in America. THe Administration looks is trying to help the illegal immigrants in the States, but they enforce the border patrol to keep illegals out.
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