Approved the quotas, the number of Italians was limited to only three thousand six hundred per year. In 1847 already had about 50,000 Jews from Germany, pushed by poor economic conditions in that country in the United States. In the 1930s, many arrived fleeing etnico-religiosa persecution of Nazi Germany. However, poverty and discrimination also affected them on American soil. They were seen as another threat in the labour market, especially in times of economic crisis. The rich Jews were also victims of discrimination. You were accused and persecuted by Communists.
With the new quotas and laws, the number of Jewish immigrants was reduced by 80 percent in just three years. Also hundreds of thousands of Irish came to the United States between 1850 and 1890 laws and British taxes, by the plague that affected the cultivation of potatoes and the resulting famine. In five years, died of hunger a million people in Ireland. However, the Irish Catholics were already victims of religious discrimination in the United States. Nativist politicians said that the Irish immigration would ruin the purity of the population and that his loyalty to the Pope of Rome was a danger to the nation. These prejudices explain anti-immigration laws passed in the 1920s.
Between 1900 and 1920 they joined us nearly fourteen million foreigners, mostly European. Is that a sample of that American society had been open to immigration? Does perhaps the four million Mexicans who have crossed the border in the decades of 1980s and 1990s attest to such openness toward immigrants? In reality, the current stagnation of the economy translates into more raids and new laws against those who seek opportunities that do not exist in their countries. Carlos A.