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History of Immigration to the US

The History of Immigration in the United States

Immigration is one of the most debatable topics in the US especially in congress and the senate.  Every sitting president deals with the issue of illegal immigrants and immigration. And you can bet you will hear the debates in an approaching election year.  If you really stop and think about it, all Americans are immigrants except for our proud American Indians who stretch from to coast to coast, they are the only peoples who are Native to this great county.  The laws and legal processes of immigrating to the United States has evolved tremendously over the last 230+ years .

From the days of the founding fathers to Abraham Lincoln to our current President, this has been one of the hottest topics especially when it comes to illegal immigrants who wish to live the American dream and make the decision to cross our land borders illegally with a hope that lady luck is with them as they make their journey.  Our waterways is another method used to enter the country illegally, being shipped as human cargo with great risk, to try to grasp that golden ring of opportunity and a better life. Currently, our borders and waterways are more highly patrolled and the risk is higher at being caught and retained and eventually deported and then ultimately blacklisted from the United States.

In much earlier days, all someone needed was a passport and a stamped visa for you to move to the US and stay there. Today, it’s not that easy it’s very bureaucratic and daunting with the amount of paperwork which needs to be completed including getting a work permit that will allow you to get a job in the US.  In fact, it’s illegal to hire anyone who is not an American citizen if they do not have a work permit.

Before relocating to the United States, one needs first to get the necessary documentation from their home country and the embassy of the United States in their home county. The embassy will undertake some thorough vetting of the individual requesting to immigrate. Once the conditions are satisfied, then the person gets a go ahead by receiving a visa. The immigrant also undergoes medical testing and checkups to avoid transporting potentially deadly diseases into the US.

The US government is responsible for all the laws that govern immigration to the United States. The senate and the congress pass the laws governing this process which has over the years undergone a lot of amendments to what it states today. The President signs new law into legislation first before it can become law of the land. The Department of Immigration together with Homeland Security ensure that the legislation is strictly followed and policed.

In summary, we can conclude that immigration and the laws that govern this process have come a long way, and we can expect that the heated debates will not cease any time soon.

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