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Week 3 Checkpoint 1 - our country to have more immigrants...

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Week 3 Checkpoint 1: Becoming a Citizen The 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act changed many things about immigration in the United States. The restrictions changed for immigrants coming from countries, such as: Italy, Greece, Portugal, the Philippines, and the West Indies. However, it did put restrictions on immigrants from countries like Mexico and South America that had not been there before hand. Before this act was passed 70 percent of immigrant population came from mainly three countries-Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany. After the it was passed immigrants from Asia and Latin America made up 81 percent of the immigrant population. With the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act immigrants, who had family members in the country as citizens were allowed easier entrance. This enabled the allowance of families to be reunited. Moreover, it allowed the United States to have a dependable labor market.The changes the immigration policy allowed
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Unformatted text preview: our country to have more immigrants from countries other than those of Europe. Once in the country if these immigrants could pass the naturalization test they would become U.S. citizens. The rules to becoming a naturalized citizen are as follows: • The immigrants have to be at least 18 years of age. • They must have continuous residence for at least 5 years or 3 years if their spouse is a citizen. • They must have good moral character as determined by the absence of a conviction of selected criminal offences. • They must have the ability to read, write, speak, and understand words of ordinary usage in the English language. • They must be able to pass a test in U.S. government and history. However, one of the main concerns with the immigration policy is what is called the "Brain Drain." This is where professionals or skilled workers are allowed immigration status when they are needed more in their home countries....
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