• Immigration to America has a long standing tradition. Ever since the American continent was discovered millions of people from many different nations have chosen or were forced to leave their home country behind.• Today Immigration to America is still something many people all over the world are dreaming about on a daily basis. They hope to start a new life there, leaving their old one behind for various reasons.
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• In the early years of the United States, immigration was about 8,000 people a year. After 1820, immigration gradually increased. From 1836 to 1914, over 30 million Europeans migrated to the United States. The death rate on these transatlantic voyages was high; one in seven travellers died.
• In 1875, the nation passed its first immigration law.
The peak year of European immigration was in 1907 when 1,285,349 persons entered the country.
• In the early 1930s, more people emigrated from the United States than immigrated to it. The U.S. government sponsored a Mexican Repatriation program which was intended to encourage people to voluntarily move to Mexico, but thousands were deported against their will. Altogether about 400,000 Mexicans were repatriated.
• In 1990, President Bush signed the Immigration Act of 1990, which increased legal immigration to the United States by 40%. Nearly 8 million immigrants came to the United States from 2000 to 2005 – more than in any
• The American Dream is the belief that through hard work and determination, any United States immigrant can achieve a better life, usually in terms of financial prosperity and personal freedom of choice.
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