The Immigration History of the United States of America


Immigration. It’s been the defining characteristic
of America since before our country even began, so it’s important to remind ourselves of
our rich history…of where we all came from to create this one-of-a-kind melting pot of
people that is the United States in the 21st century. The first successful colony in America was
established in 1607 in Jamestown, Virginia by English settlers. But, these first europeans
arrived in a land that was already home to other people. To indigenous, Native Americans
who thousands of years before had crossed over a land bridge from Siberia into what’s
now the state of Alaska. They were the first explorers of this beautiful land, and they
would spread throughout the entire continent and throughout central and southern America
too. Native Americans thrived by harnessing the power of nature, and over time, they formed
into many distinct groups, each with their own languages and cultures. Then, in 1492, as legend has it, Christopher
Columbus sailed the ocean blue and arrived in the Bahamas and immediately encountered
a group of these indigenous people called the Arawak. The Arawak were curious and friendly,
but Columbus was filled with greed, and took some of them prisoner, demanding they show
him where the gold they were wearing came from. Now, the Native Americans were so easy
going and poorly armed compared to these Europeans – who had modern weaponry like metal-forged
swords and armor, and even guns – that Columbus said “I could conquer the whole of them
with 50 men, and govern them as I pleased.” And that’s exactly what he, and other Spanish
conquistadors who came after him, did. They vanquished indigenous group after indigenous
group with cunning and sheer brutality, and got a lot of help from diseases like smallpox
that moved ahead of them and just wiped the natives out. “When smallpox was taken to the new world
nobody in the new world had every seen a disease like this before. So the number of people
who were susceptible was much greater. There was no natural immunity, so the number of
people who could contract the disease and then spread, and the number of people to receive
it once it’s been spread, was much higher.” “Some scholars think there may have been
a population of 20 million native americans and the vast majority, perhaps 95%, were killed
by old world diseases. A continent virtually emptied of its people. Once word of the discovery of the New World
spread throughout the Old World – the kingdoms and empires of Europe – many people began
to plan journeys of their own across the Atlantic Ocean. Starting around 1620, tens of thousands
of British, German and Dutch – but mostly British Puritans – came to North America to
escape religious persecution, or to search for better opportunity, or simply for an adventure.
The Puritans spread throughout New England in the northeast, the Dutch settled along
the Hudson River in New York and established rich, successful trading posts and cities
like New Amsterdam (which we now call New York City). English Quakers established the
Pennsylvania colony and its commercial center, Philadelphia. More than 90% of these early
colonists became farmers. And, because they were living in small, widespread villages,
disease didn’t spread as easily as it could back in Europe, which kept the death rate
among settlers in America low. All these farmers needed large families to help them farm, which
caused the population to boom, especially in the New England colonies. As land became
harder to come by along the coasts, the roughly 350,000 Scottish and Northern Irish who arrived
throughout the 1700’s settled inland in western Pennsylvania and along the Appalachians
deep into the south. The British sent 60,000 prisoners across the ocean to Georgia, although
the only thing many of these men were guilty of was being poor and out of work. Tobacco was a highly profitable cash crop
in the southern colonies, so many British settled there and began to take advantage
of the thriving slave trade. “Those of us who study immigration history
think in terms of why people leave their homelands and why they come here. And those are generally
encapsulated in two words: push and pull. Something pushes them out of their homeland
and something pulls them to the United States. Now obviously in the earliest cases of slavery
they were not necessarily pushed from their homeland, but they were taken from their homeland.
But the reason why they were taken was because there was labor to be done here in the United
States. It was a global force, the slave trade was fairly global – at least in the Atlantic
– and later Asia would become involved in it as well. So here you have a forced migration.” Hundreds of thousands of Africans were mercilessly
captured and taken prisoner in their own lands, then put on ships bound for America, where
they were sold into a life of hard labor for no pay, and no chance at freedom. [Graph] This is the population breakdown of
the country around 1790, shortly after the colonies’ hard-won war of independence with
the British and the adoption of the American constitution, which made the country of the
United States official. The Native American population was so decimated by disease, war,
and migration to the west, that only about 100,000 were left inside the territorial United
States. Out west, many Spaniards moved north from
Mexico across the Rio Grande to settle in California, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Not all of these settlers were of European descent. They all could speak spanish, but
ethnically, they were a melting pot of whites, Indians and mestizos, or people of mixed race. French settlers established footholds mainly
along the Saint Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, along the Mississippi River, and along
the Gulf Coast, establishing the city of New Orleans. Their descendants are known as Cajuns. These French and Spanish populations would
be incorporated into the United States in the coming decades through the Louisiana Purchase
and the granting of statehood to the western territories. After more than four decades of relatively
little immigration into America after its founding, in the 1830’s, tens of thousands
of immigrants began arriving on her eastern shores, again, mainly from Britain, Ireland
and Germany. Some were attracted to the cheap farmland that was made available by westward
expansion, while others took advantage of the manufacturing boom in the cities sparked
by the industrial revolution. The Irish were mainly unskilled laborers who built most of
the railroads and canals, took jobs in the emerging textile mill towns in the Northeast,
or worked in the ports. About half of the Germans became farmers, mainly in the midwest,
and the other half became craftsman in urban areas. Asian immigrants – mainly from China
– began crossing the Pacific to work as laborers, particularly on the transcontinental railroad
or in the mines. [History Professor Scott Wong] “Immigration
also during the 19th century was usually male dominated—males in their prime working years
between the years of 18-25. The Irish being the one exception. Eventually there would
be more Irish women who immigrated than Irish men. Immigrants to this day often follow established
patterns. They leave on village or one city and go to another city in the United States
because someone has already established that pattern for them. People go to where they
know people. And those people here can often arrange for jobs and places to live and so
on. It was often said that your first job coming off the boat was whoever picked you
up at the docks. Now people say your first job is whoever picked you up at the airport. [Show graph]
After tripling from the decade before, in just two more decades, from the 1830s to the
1850s, the amount of immigrants arriving in the US each year tripled again, to about 170,000. By the 1850s, when the total population of
the country passed 20 million and things began to get a bit crowded, America’s first measurable
anti-immigrant feelings began to take root, mainly targeting Irish-catholic immigrants
who were arriving in large numbers to escape the poverty and death of the potato famine
that was hitting them hard at home. But with a huge boom on the horizon, this early xenophobia
was nothing compared to what would come later. Large, steam-powered ships took to the seas
after 1880, replacing the older, slower sailing ships, which meant it was suddenly much faster
– and cheaper – to cross the ocean, making the dream of a journey to America more accessible
to many around the world. “Processed and ticketed, they waited for
their ship. They boarded in many parts of Europe and in many kinds of vessels. Most
to New York and some to other ports. But they had one thing in common—they were traveling
steerage, and the steamship companies understood the profit in numbers.” [Chart]
Before long, millions of immigrants were arriving on America’s shores. They passed through
immigration processing stations like Ellis Island in New York and Angel Island in San
Francisco Bay. This wave was much more diverse than before. Coming mainly from Southern Europe,
it was led by Italians, Poles, Greeks, Swedes, Norwegians, Hungarians, Jews, Lebanese, and
Syrians. “It was as if god’s great promise had
been fulfilled. I’m going into a free land. I don’t think I ever can explain the feeling
I had that time. It’s not my native land, but it means more to me than my native land—it
means more to me than my native land…Any country on earth this never happen. And become
a human being again–it’s a miracle…everybody had hopes. And one thing I was sure, and thousands
like me: that the degradation, and the abuse, and the piration that we had in Europe, we
wouldn’t have here.” This group was young, most were under 30 years
old, mainly because an entire generation of the children of farmers and factory workers
in Europe and the Russian empire couldn’t find work because the owners of the farms
and factories preferred to have an efficient machine – that they didn’t have to pay – do
the work instead of a human being. Well, this was fine by America, whose steel, coal, automobile,
textile, and garment production industries were booming. It happily took in this pool
of eager, hard workers and put them to work in its growing industrial cities. “As mills and factories sprouted across
the land, cities grew up around them. In turn, the cities beckoned to workers by the millions
from the American countryside and from overseas to fuel the burgeoning industrialization.
What was once a rural nation was rapidly becoming an urban state. From 1860 to 1910, the urban
population grew from over 6 million to over 44 million.” The United States also took full advantage
of Europe’s paralyzation during the first World War. With millions dying in the midst
of the bloodiest struggle the European continent had ever seen, every country there had to
completely focus its industries on producing all the supplies – the guns, the uniforms,
the tanks, the boats, the bullets – all the stuff needed to carry on and win the fight.
But with many of its working-aged men on the front lines, in hospitals or at home after
horrific injuries – or dead – the factories of Europe couldn’t meet all the demand,
so US factories made up for the shortfall in production. Before long, the United States
had leapt to the front ranks of the world’s economic giants. And when the Americans entered
the conflict themselves in 1917, US industry was now tasked with supplying its own soldiers
too. It was during this 50-year immigration wave,
from about 1870-1920, when many well-off, white, native-born Americans began to consider
mass immigration a danger to the health and security of the country. They started actively
organizing to exert political power to slow it down. The first immigration law in American
history was known as the Asian Exclusion Act. It was passed in 1875 and – you guessed it
– outlawed Asians, specifically Asian contract laborers, from stepping foot on American soil,
plus any other people considered convicts in their own countries. In 1921, Congress pushed through a law that
marked a turning-point in American immigration policy–a law that passed the Senate 78-1.
The Emergency Quota Act set strict limits on the amount of immigrants who would be allowed
into the country each year. It was very effective. The number of new immigrants let in fell from
over 800,000 in 1920 to just over 300,000 admitted in 1921.
[CHART] If the pace of immigration had been like a
raging river, this law acted like a dam. But that drop off in the flow of persons into
America still didn’t satisfy the anti-immigration crowd who, just three years later in 1924,
forced congress to tighten the quota even more, established the border patrol, and stated
that any undocumented immigrants who entered the country were subject to deportation. It’s
during this time that the definition of “illegal alien” was born, a term that would be used
to stigmatize the next group the anti-immigration community’s crosshairs became fixed on:
latin-american migrants living and working in the US Southwest. After the quota laws passed by the US Congress
in the 1920’s, immigration was capped for the first time in American history. One of the exceptions to the strict quotas
were documented contract workers from the western hemisphere who could come into and
out of the US freely. The other major exception were the hundreds of thousands of refugees
who were allowed in, mainly Jews escaping the horrors of the Holocaust during and after
World War II, and the roughly 400,000 families who fled Cuba after the Castro-led revolution
of 1959. The US entrance into World War II also meant many more Mexican workers were
needed to fill in for all the young American men who were off fighting the Germans in Europe
and the Japanese in the Pacific. At the end of this period, between 1944 and 1954, the
number of immigrants coming from Mexico increased by 6,000 percent, as many Latin American workers
were offered low wage agricultural jobs in the American Southwest as part of the bracero
program. But large numbers of Mexicans without the necessary paperwork came in search of
the American dream too, and what followed is one of the ugliest periods in US immigration
history. With pressure mounting to do something about
the thousands of immigrants easily crossing the southern border each year, President Eisenhower
turned to Gen. Joseph Swing, who launched “Operation Wetback” in 1954. That derogatory
name reveals the insensitivity of the policy, which directed hundreds of federal officials
to lead thousands of local police officers on sweeps through neighborhoods throughout
the American southwest, stopping any “Mexican looking” person and demanding to see their
papers. If they didn’t have their papers, they were arrested and deported. Some estimates
put the amount of illegal immigrants thrown out of the country above one million, leading
to countless families being torn apart. In some cases, their American-born children were
even sent away. Obviously, this program angered many Mexican-American citizens, and anyone
else who saw it as a blatant violation of human rights on a massive scale. [History professor Miguel Levario] “What
we have here is an aggressive and sort of paramilitary approach to deportation and mass
deportation and of course the use of propaganda to address the issue of unauthorized Mexican
workers in the United States. Because the Border Patrol agency was so small – I mean,
they’re using local law enforcement – so while they’re out there trying to look for
undocumented immigrants what aren’t they doing? Their own basic responsibilities of
keeping neighborhoods safe, addressing burglaries, murders, whatever it could be. Operation Wetback
was terminated in large part because of cost, in large part because it just became too taxing
on local resources. We also found out that regardless of how far you sent them into the
interior, within days, sometimes weeks, they were right back in there. The final era of immigration to America is
the one we’re still currently in, which began in 1965 with the passage of the Hart-Celler
Act. This law finally replaced the unfair quota system with a policy that gives preference
to immigrants who have relatives already in the United States, or people with job skills
that are highly sought after. All other past restrictions targeting specific groups were
thrown out. This was one of the crown jewels in President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society
program and it fundamentally shifted who was allowed in. [CHART] In 1970, 60% of immigrants came from Europe,
this number just fell off a cliff by the year 2000, when only 15% were from Europe. The
one thing that didn’t change were the many undocumented immigrants from Latin America
who continued to come across the border in search of a better life. So, in an effort
to address this, in 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control
Act, which gave green cards to about 2.7 million immigrants. It was the largest single moment
of legalization in American history. As a conservative from the anti-immigration party
in modern America, the Republican Reagan compromised in exchange for more restrictions on employers
who hire illegal immigrants, and tighter border security. But it was a flawed law in a number
of ways, mainly, it didn’t effectively fix the broken system that was allowing businesses
to hire illegal immigrants in the first place. So since the businesses could still break
the rules, many low paying jobs remained for the millions of undocumented immigrants in
America that the law didn’t legalize. The bill also didn’t adequately fund and equip
the border patrol, which meant there was still a fairly consistent flow of people coming
across the border. To fix some of these problems, Sen. Ted Kennedy
introduced, and Congress passed, the Immigration Act of 1990, which President George H.W. Bush
signed into law. This increased the number of legal immigrants entering the United States
from around 500,000 per year to 700,000–an increase of 40%. This bill is also noteworthy
because it was bipartisan, with a democratically-controlled congress working with a Republican president
to pass major, common-sense immigration reform. Since the passage of that 1990 bill, about
1,000,000 immigrants on average legally achieve residence in the United States each year. These are the top ten countries ranked by
the number of legal immigrants from these countries who came to the United States in
2013 according to the Department of Homeland Security. [Chart] According to the 2010 Census, these are the
countries from which all immigrants currently in the United States came from, ranked by
the total number of people in America who say they were born in each country. Today, 14.3 percent of the total American
population is foreign born. That’s more than 45,000,000 people. The United States
is home to nearly 20% of all the immigrants in the world. It’s estimated that more than
10 million of the immigrants in the United States are here illegally, living in the shadows. Thank you for watching, I hope you gained
a greater appreciation for who we are as a nation and how immigration has allowed us
to attract people from all over the rest of the world, how that is the single-most important
factor in binding us together and making us such a dynamic country. This video was proudly
created by the two-brother team that is the daily conversation, the video editor Brendan
Plank and myself. Until next time, for TDC, I’m Bryce Plank. Click on the screen to watch our full documentary
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  • Every country has laws and borders lines. Immigrants are welcome. Not illegals aliens criminals, do u all se the different? Tha ?

  • White racist go back to Europe

  • Colonization?

  • and then TRUMP CAME ! HE ACTUALLY DOES NOT KNOW THE STORY OF HIS OWN COUNTRY 😐😐😐 A NATION BUILT BY IMMIGRANTS

  • Immigration made the USA great and that happened BEFORE the Welfare state. does a mail-order bride love her new husband? No, it is just a money/citizenship for sex arrangement and so it has been since the FreeBee buffet was laid out.

  • It is a fact that America was a relatively homogeneous Nation made up mostly from white protestants of Northern European decent until the 1960's and then the Jews lobbied to change the immigration rules to prevent Europeans taking precedence from immigrants from the rest of the World. It is also a fact that America has changed rapidly and has been in decline ever since.

  • This comment section gives me hope.

  • Actually the one that said the domination thing was Pizarro but its ok

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  • It is my dream to move to America, maybe when i graduate from university I will try.

    And I will say it before now-I want to move to America legally.

  • The us sent many german jews back to germany.

  • Slavery is not considered immigration morons

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  • they went down the evil trail whites ran them off from Tenn.mts 150000 Cherokee died.whites were terrorist

  • You would enjoy the book, "The Straight State". While it's about the US government's history of how it handles homosexuality, 1/3rd of the book focuses exclusively on immigration. It's quite the read!

  • 1:52 He looks and talks like a movie villain or evil scientist

  • Siberia wrong!!! My North ten tribes of Israel came here through the Euphrates after captivity under king salmensar.. 2esdra 14:38 backs this up as well as the Jewish 1932 encyclopedia tells you America is arsereth

  • It is European immigration that made America great. Start taking people from the third World and you will become the third World.

  • NAME THAT JEW

  • They will never make it known on record black African people was here before Columbus or English Settlers.

  • I think the first successful colony in America was St.Augustine. (1565)

  • We need to build the wall and have our say so in who comes in. We dont need unskilled workers and we surely need to stop the southern border crossings of illegal immigrants. Times and necessities changed as illustrated here. We DO NOT need to import the poverty of other countries. We need the top of the creme at this point. If all illegal immigrants are so great why arent they rebuilding their own countries? Is not like they are fighting for that huh?

  • It's false. The first colony was San Agustín, founded by The Spanish Empire in Florida.

  • THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN BELONGS TO IT CITIZENS AND
    HER CITIZENS ALONE.

    THE DESCENDANTS OF THE ORIGINAL EUROPEAN SETTLERS, NORTH-AMERICA
    AFRICAN SLAVES, AND NATIVE NORTH-AMERICAN INDIANS.

    THEY ARE THE "SOLE PEOPLE" WHOM RIGHTFUL CREATED AND DEVELOPED
    THIS GREAT COUNTRY KNOWN AS THE "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!"

    THE UNITED STATES CITIZENS DECIDES ON HOW, WHAT, WHEN,
    WHERE, WHY, AND WHO COMES INTO THIS COUNTRY.
    AND WHO MAY REMAIN.

    THIS COUNTRY "WAS/ IS" BUILT, ESTABLISHED, AND PROSPEROUS DO
    TO THE HARD WORK, STRATEGIES, AND IDEOLOGIES OF THE SAID GROUPS.

    THAT IS WHY "ALL IMMIGRANTS" WANTED AND WANTS TO COME TO
    THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    TO "FEAST" OFF HER TABLE!

    REMEMBER THE REASON WHY THESE IMMIGRATION CAME AND WON'T TO
    COME.
    LAND OF OPPORTUNITIES. WHO CREATED THOSE OPPORTUNITIES?
    WHO BUILT THIS COUNTRY FROM GROUND TO HIGH RISE?

    THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT NEED "MORE DISLOYAL IMMIGRANTS."
    WHOM MAIN INTEREST ARE TO "PLUNDER" WHAT THE "TRUE AMERICANS"
    HAVE CREATED!!!

    IMMIGRANTS DIDN'T MAKE AMERICA GREAT!

    THE ORIGINAL EUROPEANS SETTLERS, NORTH-AMERICA
    AFRICAN SLAVES, AND THE NATIVE NORTH-AMERICAN INDIANS.
    DID!!!!!

  • Great job, thank you

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  • Great documentary..

  • Small pox and other old world diseases did 10x more damage than weapons ever did, at least in the first couple centuries. If the 2 continents hadn’t died, it would have found the same future of Africa, with being invaded by Europe, but the demographics would have stayed American indians

  • My Country. My Homeland. My People.

  • I Have a dream next year too!
    Its based on this video
    My country's an extremist heaven where dreams don't exist, its a genocide of my dreams, cities are extremely dirty, politicians are worthless and cruel, there is no rule of law and there is nothing to do but eat and sleep.
    We all have one life and I've wasted mine for 24 years! No more!

  • Amerigo Vesbushi. hence the name America

  • for some reason I'm not racist any more we need open borders where ever there is a wall on the border we will bring it down no more walls

  • One big correction Jamestown in virginia is not the first European settlement in the United States it is San Agustín Florida…..by the way the spanish first brought the oranges to that state so when you drink delicious orange juice every morning you can thank the spaniards for that…
    also out west when the so called pioneers arrived all the SouthWest had been settled by the spaniards for more than two centuries by the way the beef you eat you can also thank the spanish since they also are who brought the horse and cattle to the new world and the whole cowboy culture that you know from Hollywood movies it is a legacy left by the spanish vaquero of the new world ….it is easy to see why this happened as it was the spanish crown who financed Columbus trip to the new world thanks to queen Isabel of Castilla…. at the time of the conquest of the new world the british were nothing but a bunch of pirates that loved to attack spanish vessels full of gold from the new world…..it wasnt till the 1600;s that they decided that they too wanted to settled in the new world

  • You can't be illegal in a country you founded.

  • Hart Celler Act
    >Did away with unfair quotas advantaging people with relatives in the US or with desirable skills
    How is any of that unfair ???

  • 'Based on the Hart Celler Act about one million immigrants obtain citizenship in the United States a year.'
    LOL! I love how the passing of the act was explicitly sold to the public with the words 'This act will NOT mean the flooding in of a million immigrants a year!'

  • Christians believe God favours them and this is all they have to show for it. They're pathetic.

  • If I were president of a European country, the first thing I would do would be to close my borders to prevent my population from migrating to America, the United States is a country created with the genocide of one race and the slavery of another, only to say the phrase "American dream "It will indicate an arrest, the most intercultural country in the world but in which you can not recognize a culture unless it says Italian food, but in antiquity nobody saw the problem and they let people move easily to that country and they committed an error, the American forgets its origins, the American goes to war against those who were his ancestors and the American hates stereotypes, only to show him a different culture and he will be ready to go to war against another country. Death to the United States.

  • 408-130 Clinton win…

  • They came fleeing religious persecution…try that excuse now nd they will turn you away.

  • This story reminds me of Ebola

  • 16:00 hm history repeating itself???

  • White people lying again and rewriting history again.shm

  • This was racist plain and simple from one white man to another

  • Millinials always improperly emphasize words

  • Humans are the immigrant of Earth 🌍

  • God Bless America…thank you for my life and my family. I will not forget what kindness America has offered me.

  • Immigration the way it was. These were the immigrants that made this country.

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  • How many African Immigrants are in America?

  • this was butt sorry try hared

  • I am romanian and i am gonna move to usa

  • Good thanks look men not good Allah me even said you look

  • I dunno why we study the history of America here in Morocco.. i mean i wanted to study the language not US and British history!!!

  • You people in the comments do realise there's a BIG difference between legal immigrants and illegal ones? 😑 It's not hard to get. And the germans, Italians, Greeks, etc went through HELL doing it the RIGHT way back then. If you want to come to America and be a citizen, all the Republicans ask is to do it the RIGHT way as when you go through the process, it's then you understand what it means to be an American.

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  • No one is illegal in stolen land

  • Hay that

  • Everything I watched rose known some because those citizens question people's asking questions about those ,i tried to answer to the best I could make me remember all those over again
    Job well done ,I'm happy for those stuff like that ,think you ,god bless UnitedStates .

  • is slavery ok

  • 1965 was the beggining of the end of white america😔

  • You left out the part in the beginning where the Indigenous aboriginals of America are Black American Indians.

    Europeans are Africans.

    Who to this day appears to be the most laid back and most emotional race of people? Emotional people are easily led astray and are easily tricked and trust others easier. Also which race is the main race who may not stick together as much as other races? Which race of people in America seems to only be familiar with 1 language which is English? If we came from somewhere else like Africa which is a lie someone in our family would have passed down language in other than English. Our Ancestors spoke a totally different language and records were destroyed intentionally to erase our true history which is revealing itself more and more every day.

  • So, everyone is basicly going to be a taxi driver when they migrate?

  • Left out African immigration

  • I'm here for homework but it's a great video 🙂

  • .. If we do a DNA Test in USA,
    the results are: White= European / Black= African / Mexican= American (same as Native American) .

  • Actually African slaves were in the push and pull scenario. Africans sold "pushed" their people out for profit. We can't rewrite history. It's dishonorable and dishonors them. Thanks to what they and so many different peoples before us endured, America is the greatest country in the world.-AMERICA

  • Every single person in this country is an immigrant unless they are direct descendants of Native American Indians. So, if you were born here, your ancestors were immigrants. When looking into the Dutch settling in Manhattan and the role of New York, you can see that America and New York was literally built by the lowest classes. This is not at all to say that those of wealth did nothing, quite the contrary. It was with their insight, knowledge, hard work, and yes, wealth that brought about change that improved life for every American. So, I agree, immigrants are our asset. This is quite a literal statement. Now that the infamous Ellis Island is no longer in operation, I looked into where immigrates now come to this country to go through the legal process of becoming citizens. I urge one to look into this and illegal immigrants vs. legal immigrants vs. citizens who were born here. I am like a 5th generation citizen. My husband's Grandmother came from Czech Republic on a boat and went through Ellis Island. It was not even 10 years ago that she passed on. So, I want to re-iterate that I am fully supportive of immigration as that is what makes our Nation a Nation at all. As a white lady, if I went to Japan, I would never be Japanese. If I went to Spain, I would never be Spanish. If I went to Italy, I would never be Italian. Same with India, China, Russia, Africa. So, it begs the question; what makes those who come here, regardless of nationality "American"? My guess would be that it is a common hope, idea, goal, freedom, or opportunity. There have been people who have risked their life to come to this country. So, it boggles the mind that some who come here from other countries want to damn the original principles of the idea that made them want to come here in the very first place. An example would be that recently the American Flag flown in a lady's front yard was offensive to someone and she was required to remove it. Or, that freedom of speech is under fire. Bibles at school not allowed as it may offend others. Did some not come here because of religious freedom, or freedom of speech? Also, one has to consider that it took many years to build this country and it was done on the backs of those before us, no matter what their color, race or creed. Some of which have never relied on any type of social aid, yet have worked hard and paid taxes to include paying into Social Security. Most of which were not raised "privileged" or "entitled", but because we have worked. However, in looking to the current citizen vs. non citizen it appears that there is absolutely zero difference in status, possibly the latter having more "entitlement". Again, no matter color or creed, that certainly begs a question. This is merely a question, and some thoughts. If I have made an false statement outside of opinion, I stand to be corrected and will gladly accept it. I had the opportunity to work rather than go to college so I am hardly as educated as I would like to be. Peace and abundance to ALL on earth.

  • Reagan became Protestant unlike the Kennedys, who stayed true to their Irish Catholic roots.

  • https://youtu.be/T8nKoYbeiC4

  • False columbus first arrived in the Island of Hipaniola.

  • 5.08 ….looks like the british won the war of independence then

  • We don't need third world immigrants at this point

  • The truth of the first settlers is: They were people who wanted freedom of religion. They became farmers and friends of the indigenous people. British government learned of the rich soil and multitude of land and brought in soldiers and (what they deemed leaders) to take over and rule. That was when the greed began. They ended up surpressing the settlers to do the famr work and work the British plantations while the British people flourished from the crops. When cotton and tobacco became a huge economic growth, the British acquired tremendously large plantations. That was when the British brought the African slaves to the United States.
    If you research how our government formed, you would understand that the founding forefathers (settlers) were the conservatives fighting to free themselves from the British governing and free slavery. The liberals were the British fighting to keep their slavery and rein over the people. This is where Republican and Democratic originates. Since the British (Democrats) lost the civil war, within that same year they established the first secret society (KKK). Founding forefathers were settlers that were not out to manipulate the natives of the land. European British government brought greed and corruption. Even after the civil war the Democrats have continued with their greed. This is why corruption remains in our government. This is why the Declaration of the Constitution was established. To protect the people of the land from government.
    Immigration is what made this country what it is. But people seem to forget about the people who were already here. I have yet to see these people flourish when they should have been the first to do so.
    Today, immigration by the masses is the worst a country can do. That is why the United States has always helped foreign countries to help slow down the immigration. Once you are over crowded, the nation is on the brink of destruction and everyone who lives on the land. Economy plunges downward, laws are harder to enforce, crime goes up, food becomes too scarce. At some point you have to control the immigration.
    Look at Europe today with immigration. The United States is headed for the same disaster. The Middle East have been at war for centuries and are now migrating by the thousands at a time and creating cultural annihalation. No assimilation. This is what NWO looks like. The ony way countries can avoid losing their cultures is to break away from the United Nation.

  • Go back to Europe

  • Leif Erikson!

  • MY family came to america in 1612 from england

  • For the most part, I have respected Eisenhower's political moves.. but to here about this central American-treatment for the first time disgusts me. I guess I have more to learn.

  • They may have families, but they are still illegal

  • And then appaeared Donald Trump … Ha ha.

  • After seeing this video, America was, is and will be a nation of Immigrants, if they have a genuine desire to be an American. Immigrants were America's engine and they still are. God bless America. ☺

  • they must speak english to maintain the coherence of u.s.a.

  • USA is a stolen country

  • Other Countries moved into NewYork brought plague s and vires America people we need to stay away from them other countries carry eboly bird flu swin flu and many more they take Plan s to visit there countries they came from come back to America could cause outbreak other countries other diseases Fact history thousand s were and millions were killed American people don't have a chance around forginers JFK Warned us all Find the country s around New York find the history of outbreak As well As Arizona and California every country around each state explain s the out Break s over the years look at the biggest population of these outbreak s you will find out what country brought the outbreak s in threw our history in the USA See being American we have had our shots we don't know what other countries bring to us American take this seriously

  • What about Italian immigrants?

  • The immigrants are in the shadows as we speak ….. Europeans sound awful. British people too, why did you kill my ancestors? I need them more than ever now….. #indengeniouswomenspeaking…

  • immigrants were now against immigrants. this is america.

  • Castle Garden.
    America's First Immigration Center
    Before Ellis Island
    Where about eleven million immigrants arrived at the Port of New York from
    1820 – 1892 near the tip of Manhattan.

    Castle Gardens is rarely ever mentioned. It doesnt get enough fame. About 11 million immigrants came through her port before Ellis Island even existed.

    Then came Ellis Island.

    From 1892 to 1954, another twelve million immigrants 
    entered the
    United States
    through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

    The first large wave of immigrants who came through Castle Gardens did not see the Statue of Liberty mainly because she didnt exist yet.

    The Ellis island immigrants would have all seen Lady Liberty welcoming them because she was recently erected when Ellist Island opened.
    She had only been standing in the harbor about 5 years at that time.

  • Well. I knew this already so people should not act racist. But ignorant people are everywhere.

  • It's not an open book, at all, the immigration history of America… Much is actually not known- for example, people who came over here from England, about whom nothing is known at all- no on knows what happened to them!  One such Immigration founded a colony, unknown in our accounts- after Jamestown, and elsewhere… disease epidemic caused many deaths; the indians were inhospitable… Their ghosts are around that area as perpetually milling about and enjoying a village fair- they were all murdered during a village fair, tragically; it seems they are constantly singing, music is always going on… getting out of taxes to England was one reason they decided to secrete their whereabouts.  This was before 1700!

  • Does anyone have questions that go along with this video to use in a classroom setting?

  • Who's here from Mrs. Lusk

  • mrs.lusk gang where you at??

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