Immigration has changed the demographics of the US. It has contributed to a massive growth of the US population. The inflow of immigrants has added a good mix of various ethnic and racial groups to the US population. The immigrant groups have had a tremendous impact on the social, cultural, economic and political landscape of the US.
Initially Europeans came into America as immigrants during the Industrial Revolution. Many years later the Latinos and Asians also came to America as immigrants. Immigration has helped the United States by giving a helping hand and providing a workforce to deal with America’s growing manufacturing economy. In 1880-1930 more than 27 million new immigrants came to America from Italy, Germany, Europe, Russia, England, Canada, Ireland, and Sweden. Apart from all these countries, Mexico is the largest immigration source country. Chinese and Indian immigrants are the second and third largest immigrant groups. The six immigrant-heavy states are California, New York, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and New Jersey. Immigrant votes have affected these six states in many ways.
Immigrant integration is a way to incorporate immigrants to be a working part of society. Immigrant integration is the main force that drives the power that immigrants have in the United States. There are many ways in which local schools, churches, employers, and community groups have launched integration programs, such as ESL classes, job training, healthcare clinics etc. Specific examples of these types of programs include The No Child Left Behind Act which was launched in 2001, aiming to aid in the literacy of immigrant children. The 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program provided health insurance to immigrant children. The Voting Right Act protects Latino voters in the ballot box. Out of all these programs citizenship is the main pillar of immigrant integration in to the American society. Citizenship gives the immigrant population the power to vote and hence, the power to stand for elections. Also, citizenship and opportunity to vote gives immigrants a chance to be included in the decisions made for American politics. Arturo Vargas said, “Latinos play a key role in shaping the nation’s political landscape, demonstrating that they can both sway elections as voters and successfully pursue seats in Congress as candidates,” supporting the idea that it is important for Latinos to be able to have a say in American politics.
Immigration has shaped the social, cultural, economic and political scene of the U.S. Although there have been immigrants coming into the U.S. for many years now, significant numbers of immigrants came into the U.S. during the four peak periods, colonialism, in the 19th century, 20th century, and in the 1970’s. The main need for immigrants in the U.S. arose primarily due to significant changes in the U.S. economy.
As a result of immigration, unskilled and less educated workers hit the social scene of the United States. The downside of...