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Coming To America: An Examination Of The U.S. Immigration Debate In Its Historical Context, Julie R. Davidson Sep 2015

Coming To America: An Examination Of The U.S. Immigration Debate In Its Historical Context, Julie R. Davidson

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The United States is considered a country of immigrants, but a historical tension has existed between new arrivals and the “native” population. Policies regarding immigration have frequently mirrored the nativist fervor that is created in opposition to large influxes of immigrants. The debate about revamping immigration policy, that has been a key issue in Congress in 2006, is not surprising in an historical context. The concern about large numbers, the fear of draining social services, dilution of American culture, loss of American jobs, and the compromising of national security are all concerns that have been voiced recently, and are almost ...