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...
There should be no ambiguity about who is and who isn't an immigrant. An immigrant is a foreigner who enters the U.S. in accordance with its IMMIGRATION laws; hence: an "immigrant." Whereas, one who sneaks into the U.S. to pillage and plunder it economically and otherwise is an INVADER. If you call them immigrants, then so too were the Nazis who "immigrated" France in WW II.
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