Essential Questions What factors have drawn immigrantsto the United States? What immigrant groups account forthe bulk of immigration? What issues are currently beingdebated related to immigration to theUnited States? What are some contributions made byimmigrants?
New immigrant groups haveincreased American diversity andredefined American identity. New and increasing immigration tothe United States has been takingplace from many diverse countries,especially Asian and Latin Americancountries.
Reasons for immigration Political freedom fromoppressive governments(Cambodians from the1970’s and ModernHaitians) Refugees fromdevastating wars(Southern Europe as wellas Africa) Economic opportunitythrough jobs
Strain ongovernment services Filling low-payingjobs in the UnitedStates Border issuesEffects of Immigration
Effects of immigration Bilingual Education- English as aSecond Language(ESL) courses Pathway tocitizenship Increasing culturaldiversity
Contributions ofimmigrants Popularity of ethnic food,music, and the arts Role in labor force –Immigrants continue to dojobs that others will notdo, as well as work forless. Expanded source ofscientists and engineers