The United States knows as the land of the free has always been a country that welcomes immigrants. Over at least two centuries people have traveled from near and far to find a better life in the United States.
Following the Civil War, in 1875 the Supreme Court declared regulation of immigration a federal responsibility. The first piece of legislation on immigration was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and Alien Contract Labor Law of 1885 and 1887 which prohibited certain laborers from immigrating to the United States.
Since the enactment of that first act, immigration law has evolved to crack down on illegal immigrants and provide more requirements for people to enter and remain in the U.S.
When speaking of immigration it is important to distinguish the push (poverty, civil war, famine, insecurity, natural disasters) and the pull (jobs, security, economy, schools, and better opportunities) factors.
© Luis Alfonso Oberto Anselmi
© Luis Oberto Anselmi
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