The United States came into being through mass movements of populations. The movements came in waves from all over the world and, depending upon the historical moment, they served differing purposes, but there were two constants. First, each wave served an indispensable economic, political, military or social function. The United States -- as a nation and regime -- would not have evolved as it did without them. Second, each wave of immigrants was viewed ambiguously by those who were already in-country. Depending upon the time or place, some saw the new immigrants as an indispensable boon; others saw them as a...
I'm a son of a immigrant my Mother, who came from Hungary after WW1, This was a full year after an American came from North Dakota to Hungary and married a widow, my Grandmother. My mother had to wait for immigration to issue legal papers. My mother a little girl of ten entered this country, did not speak English, was immersed in the school system and graduated from grade school two years later as a straight A student. She was proud of her heritage but was most proud to be an American Citizen. In my opinion all debates on immigration should be are you here legally and do you want to join the melting pot of the world and become an American. Iam a proud American.
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