Us Immigration History

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United Irishmen- were harassed by British, support French revolution US supported Britain against the French

War Brides act: Servicemen could bring their spouses from foreign lands into the U.S.
(non-quota immigrants)

1980 Refugee Policy-Central Americans (Salvadorians and Guatemalans) came under this policy while others were coming in as non refugees.

Immigration Reform and Control Act (I.R.C.A)-does 3 things

Raises the immigration ceiling for the whole world. More slots to distribute Grants amnesty to undocumented residents that could prove that they were living here since 1982 Fined people who employed undocumented workers

Forced Repatriation- in 1934, Mexican and citizens of the Philippines are repatriated.

Gentlemen’s Agreement- In 1907, an agreement was established between Japan and US where Japan would stop labor emigration and the US would limit immigrant restrictions against them (such as ending segregation in schools in San Francisco). Happened after the Russo-Japanese war.

Indentured Servitude: Debt bondage that was used in the colonial period in which one person would cover the travel cost into the colonies and in return they would work off the debt and upon completion would be given some land. this was the major way in which people got others to work the land for them and it was the system that was in place before slavery became popular.

Assimilation- Basically, conformity into the US culture.

Migrant- someone who has moved across one national frontier

Emigration- wants to recreate a place where they came from i.e. New England, New York, New Mexico, New Spain, New Amsterdam

Sojourners- someone who comes to America without the intention of staying here. In other words they come to make dough, but then leave. Italians and Greeks.

Ravenstein’s Law- long migration occurs into urban areas, Rural dwellers are more migratory than urban dwellers, migration is mostly due to economic reasons

Transnationalism- Primarily focuses on exchanges, connections and practices across borders. It as if be “neither here nor there” since a migrant lives a multi sited life where exchanges and interactions across borders are a regular part migrants’ realities and activities-> Ex. Immigrants from Mexico can be living in the U.S but have continuous connections with their families in Mexico.

League of Nations-

Internal Security Act- In 1950, this gave the president power to incarcerate persons in peacetime. It applied to citizens as well as aliens. It was passed over President Truman’s veto. It also required communists to register with the government.

1940 Smith Act- set penalties for advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government. Required all non-citizen adults to register with the government. Visas could be refused to those deemed a danger to public safety. This was directed at Nazi sympathizers and radicals.

1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)- Raised the immigration ceiling to 540,000 a year. It also attempted to deal with immigrants already present, granting amnesty for unauthorized immigrants who could prove they had resided in the U.S. since a certain date. It also included stiff sanctions for employers of undocumented immigrants such as charging them fines. It was not successful due to a strong labor demand and lack of enforcement.

Know Nothing Party- Nativist group active in the mid 19th century. They were concerned with political corruption and immigrant involvement in political machines. Rather than seeking to restrict immigration, the Know Nothing Party wanted to make it more difficult for immigrants to naturalize or hold high offices. They proposed a requirement of a 21 year period for naturalization. They were also anti-Catholic.

LPC- “likely to become a public charge”. Clause of the Immigration Act of 1882 (transmuted in 1892). Aspect of nativism. Originally applied to persons who were obviously unable and/or unlikely to be able to support...
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