Immigration: A Catholic Response Part I: U.S. History of Immigration. For generations, our families have migrated…. Statue of Liberty. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
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Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I life my lamp beside the golden door.
In the 1990s: over half of US workforce growth was from immigrants.
Chinese rush to U.S. in 1840-1870
Immigrants satisfy US economic needs
1917: Literacy Act – very exclusionary
1924 Immigration Act severely limits
50% are Mexicans.
Recession increases arrests in 1950-1956:
- Creates INS & moves it from Labor to Justice
- Establishes 4 category preference system
Increased enforcement in 2007
Municipalities & states pass strict laws: