The Ebb and Flow of US Immigration

March 9, 2016 Current hostility toward Mexican immigrants reflects a historical trend.

Briefing

|March 9, 2016

By Allison Fedirka

Immigration and its place in American society has become a centerpiece in the debates leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. In particular, Republican nominee hopeful Donald Trump has stirred up polarized views regarding the presence of Mexican immigrants in the United States. While Mexico has been singled out, the real issue at hand is how different parts of American society react to immigration. The debate over immigration has reared its head many times throughout the course of U.S. history, though the immigrant group in question changes with the times. But this country, which was built by immigrants and prides itself on being a ‘melting pot’ of people from different backgrounds, periodically finds its population divided over how to address the arrival and incorporation of immigrants.

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