Immigration Patterns

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Immigration Patterns

  1. 1. Immigration Patterns <ul><ul><li>10 th Grade People in Societies </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Effects of Immigration on American Society <ul><li>Some Americans want stricter controls </li></ul><ul><li>The reasons they cite are similar to those given for past cutbacks on immigration: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigrants take jobs away </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They work for less pay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They drive down wages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They increase the cost of welfare </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Those who favor fewer restrictions assert that immigrants bring new ideas and spirit to the U.S. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They increase the supply and demand for goods </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The U.S. was built largely by the labor of immigrants and their descendents </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration has always changed according to the needs of the times </li></ul>
  3. 3. Housing Patterns <ul><li>Recent immigrants have clustered on the East and West Coats and in border states </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CA, TX, FL, NY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many immigrants first settle in ethnic communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helpful social networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Often located in poor, urban settings with inadequate housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oftentimes become trapped in the lowest-paying jobs and cannot move beyond their circumstances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The longer they live in the U.S., the better off they usually become </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Income, education, and rates of home ownership increase over time </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Political Affiliations <ul><li>Democratic Party </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long been the home to a large portion of working-class immigrants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigrants tend to begin in the low-income range and gradually become more successful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Republican party has traditionally supported more immigration restrictions and Democrats have generally fought for fewer immigration restrictions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One exception is wealthy Cuban-Americans </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fled from Communism, and the Republican party was very anti-communist-supported the overthrow of Castro </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Education and Language <ul><li>Immigrants are strongly aware of the fact that the single best predictor of economic success is education </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrants are just as likely as native-born Americans to hold a college degree </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twice as likely to hold Ph.D.s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many go on to professional careers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The greatest challenge is learning a new language </li></ul><ul><li>Bilingual education in the public schools has become a hotly debated issue-alienates children </li></ul><ul><li>English immersion programs are where students are taught in English at the same time they are given English language instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Making English the “official” language would exclude many people from voting by abolishing the multilingual voting ballots required by law </li></ul>
  6. 6. Labor Practices <ul><li>Make up more than 14% of the nation’s total workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Most in low-paying jobs at first </li></ul><ul><li>Many of the leading entrepreneurs, inventors, and software developers of the computer culture were born outside the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Guest Worker”=a person who has temporary permission to work in another country </li></ul><ul><li>It is untrue to say that all immigrants hold low income jobs!!! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Religion <ul><li>America has a high tolerance of religious freedom </li></ul><ul><li>America was first colonized by many different religious groups: Puritans, Protestants, Quakers, Catholics, etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This led to our first amendment! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A separation of church and state </li></ul><ul><li>As people of different faiths interact with each other, a healthy respect for differences makes it easier to come together as one nation! </li></ul>

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