25 June 2013
Illegal Immigration Illegal Immigration has been a problem for a very long time now in the United States. It has also been a very controversial subject for as long as I can remember. Illegal immigration goes back hundreds and thousands of years. Living in such an anti-illegal immigration state has been tough, there is always something about illegal immigration laws going on, and politics talking about it and the saddest part families being separated, daily. In 1882 President Chester A. Arthur banned all Chinese immigration to the United States. Shortly after that he banned prostitutes and criminals from coming into the US. He eventually ended up banning mentally ill as well. Although this only banned a small percentage of immigration, it began the distinctions between legal and illegal immigration. Shortly, a period of time came when a big wave of illegal immigrants poured into the United States from 1881 to 1920 approximately 24 million illegal immigrants came into the United States from all over the world. During this period a door was opened to illegal Mexicans coming into the US because employers liked their acceptance to low wages for labor. Employers wanted to take advantage of their hard work for such low wages. After California began to realize how out of hand illegal immigration was getting in their state, in February 1929 visas were now required for legal residency. Immigration began to drop during the Great Depression. The US enforced visas during the stock market crash and eventually Mexican immigration slowed down. During this period approximately 500,000 to 1,000,000 illegal immigrants left back to their countries. Many of the disappearance of so many illegal immigrants was because they were being deported and a small percentage was due to such high unemployment rates during the Great Depression times. During President Herbert Hoover’s time he began to feel that Mexicans and illegal alien groups were
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