Prior to 1920s, it was difficult or practically im...
Prior to 1920s, it was difficult or practically impossible
for the country to restrict the entry of the immigrants. They included
political reasons where the immigrants were viewed as potential voters for
political parties. Similarly, they provided cheaper labour as compared to the
natives and as such their demand rose. In essence, the national laws did not
put in place the requisite mechanism to handle the pressure or technicalities
of the immigration. Thus, there was little national will on the part of the
state to regulate the entry of immigrants into the US. It is important to
record that all these factors made it difficult for the country to restrict
immigrants entry since they contributed to the political expediency of the
parties and also provided labour required for positive growth.
America as a
country a raft of restrictive measures that aimed to ban immigration or illegal
entry based on some demographical features. It is to say that the immigrants
were barred from entering the United States of America based on their race,
national origin and other misconstrued stereotypes based on demographical
features of the people. In the 1920s, the government effected the Immigration
Act that disallowed the Asians from entering the United States of America. The
logic and argument of the Immigration Act were the primary assumptions that the
Asians were dangerous and classless, and thus, they posed a great risk to the
civilization of the country (FitzGerald, 2014). In retrospect, there was a
blanket condemnation of all the Asians and other Europeans who otherwise would
have entered America. It is to imply that the government poisoned the public mood
regarding the importance of the Asians and other immigrants into the country.
Instead, the laws passed were aimed at discrediting and disparaging the
character and quality of the immigrants (Lee, 2006). In essence, it was viewed
that they would not bring any material good to the country and as such it was
needless to allow them to cross the borders of the United States of America.
aftermath of the First World War triggered a national or popular revolt against
the presence of the immigrants into the United States of America. The natives
perceived the immigrants as disloyal since they were assumed to be lenient or
sympathetic to the enemies (Reimers, 1998). It is akin to saying that the
immigrants did not fully support the agility of the United States of America
during the war. Thus, the country felt that there was no productive value that
the foreign immigrant added to the country and as such it was necessary to ban
immigration into the United Stated of America.