The Birth And Rise Of Deportation Laws In The United States
As a deportation defense lawyer, it’s one of the most infuriating comments I hear armchair critics make about immigration reform.
“Well, I don’t get it. I don’t know why people can’t wait to enter the country legally. My ancestors had it tough, too, but they came in through proper channels.”
They overlook that was then. This is now.
They also overlook, or fail to realize, not all of our country’s early settlers followed completely legal processes when they crossed our borders.
For almost 100 years after our country’s birth, immigration law was nearly non-existent.
Since that time, the world has changed dramatically.
The U.S. political and economic roles in the world have expanded. And this growth has exalted the American Dream as a source of inspiration for many, many immigrants from other nations.
In viewing our country’s immigration history, it’s easy to notice the rise of immigration regulations coincide with an increase of restrictive attitudes towards new immigrants.
Ironically, it’s immigrants from yesteryear who want to shut the doors.
For more detailed information about the birth and rise of deportation laws in the United States, see Immigration Hardship: A Historical View.