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Time For Another Immigration Pause?

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  • Time For Another Immigration Pause?

    Perhaps it is time to end, for the most part, immigration for at least 20 years. Giving a chance for those who are here to assimilate, and the fact that our population in the US is about 320 million. I just don't see why we need more people.

    In 1924 and 1926, partly in response to pressure from labor unions, Congress put in place the first comprehensive quota systems to limit immigration into the U.S. For the next 40 years, from 1925 to 1965, the United States had a relatively restrictive immigration policy, which allowed 200,000 people into the country annually, on average. Demographers sometimes call this period “the Great Pause,” although at the time, most Americans thought of it as permanent.

    In 1965, Congress replaced quotas that had favored immigrants from northern and western Europe, with a new, less racially-biased system, that (in theory) allotted immigration slots as a proportion of total world population. This initiated a new phase in immigration policy, in which non-European immigration predominated; with the subsequent emphasis on “family reunification,” immigration from Mexico and the rest of Latin America came to predominate.

    Also in 1965 and several times thereafter, Congress further increased immigration levels, thus initiating the second Great Wave, which continues today. Between 1965 and 1990, immigration averaged one million people annu*ally — five times the average in the previous four decades. Since 1990, immigration has increased even more, to approximately 1.5 million annually (one million legal and half a million illegal). This is the highest number of annual immigrants in U.S. history, although once again, it is not the highest rate of immigration. As a percentage of total U.S. population, immigration rates were higher at the height of the first Great Wave than they are today.

    http://www.immigrationeis.org/about-...ration-history
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