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Answer the following two questions in its entirety. Your answer should demonstrate an understanding of relevant assigned readings (and other materials such as lectures notes). The answer should reference at least three readings, with at least one from each week (weeks 4, 5, and 6). Specific quotes are unnecessary, but the essay should include the article’s title and/or author. The answer should also connect with larger themes of the course.

1.How did US laws regarding immigration change in the twentieth century? In what ways did legislation reflect contemporary concerns and fears? How were ideas regarding race, ethnicity, and nationality reflected in such laws? Use at least three laws to answer this question.

2.Why did immigration programs and reform turn their attention to immigrants from the Western Hemisphere, especially after 1950? How were these attitudes similar to actions and ideas regarding Asian immigrants in the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century? How were they different?

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How did US laws regarding immigration change in the twentieth century? In what ways did legislation reflect contemporary concerns and fears? How were ideas regarding race, ethnicity, and nationality reflected in such laws? Use at least three laws to answer this question.
The early 20th century saw significant changes in the immigration laws in different states in the US. For the first century of the existence of the United States, immigration into the newly formed country was unrestricted. It was easy for anyone around the world to migrate to the U.S. and start paying taxes, start a new life, and participate in military services. However, only those that underwent a naturalization process were allowed to take part in democratic elections, hold elective offices, and own land, which symbolized inclusion within the American society Balderrama & Rodríguez, 2006). However, in the early 20th century, the growing support for eugenics forced the US government to adopt varying immigration laws, which were meant to control and regulate the massive influx of immigrants into the country (Abrego, 2008). One of the main reasons why there was such increase in eugenics is that the government feared that some groups of immigrants...

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