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Immigration Immigration has become a major issue in the United States as the number of immigrants increases each year. As of 2006, more than 38 million immigrants lived in the U.S., making up thirteen percent of its population (Shah 2). Immigration is the process in which an individual settles into a foreign country to live. The beginning process of leaving one’s country of origin is known as emigration. The reasons one will immigrate usually vary, but most do so in hopes of finding better economic opportunities. It is often difficult to uproot one’s family and come to an unfamiliar country, but throughout history billions of people have risked everything they’ve had to do so (Reimers 1). Feelings of hostility and resentment toward immigration have come from the rising issue of illegal immigration. With concentration on the negative aspects of immigration from the media, many have not noticed the positive results. Immigration not only allows individuals struggling to get ahead a chance to make something of their selves, but also benefits the nation through increasing diversity and establishing cultural tolerance. The United States has always been the world’s major receiving nation for immigrants. The country has had four major periods of immigration. The first period began with colonists coming from England in the 1600’s until around 1775, when the Revolutionary War began. Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor, became the United State’s immigration station, operating from 1892 to 1954. The second period of
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