Immigration to America has
been the dream of many people since the days of the Pilgrims. While
virtually all of the early immigration to America came from Europe and Africa
(through slavery), the number of new immigrants from Asia, Central, and South
America has increased dramatically.
Concerns about terrorism,
over-population, and the cost of social services has led many Americans to slow
down the flow of immigration - legal or illegal. On the other hand,
corporate America frequently complains about the lack of skilled labor and has
been lobbying for increased limits on granting work Visas.
It is important for all
African, Hispanic (Latino), and Asian Americans to understand immigration laws
and regulations, and to let our elected politicians know that immigrants have
always and will continue to contribute to the economic and cultural prosperity
of our country.