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Immigration law history shows immigrants have benefited New York

The economy of New York City has been growing at an exponential rate during the past few decades. Part of the reason for this, according to the Museum of the City of New York, is that immigrants have been making contributions to the city's growth over the years. This is a point that proponents of immigration are increasingly emphasizing in the Big Apple, where an immigration law debate continues to brew regarding how to address those who lack the proper documentation.

In the city museum is a New Immigrant City cabinet that essentially highlights the long-term impact of businesses owned by immigrants. This is achieved through artifacts that come from well-known immigrant-owned businesses, photographs and newspaper clippings. For instance, a metal patty mold that comes from a bakery is currently on display.

The museum also features an interactive display that shows the number of immigrants who entered the country over the past few decades. For instance, the number from the Dominican Republic increased from more than 51,000 to more than 360,000 in 2000. Meanwhile, the number of immigrants from countries such as Ireland, Italy and Germany decreased drastically during these same years.

Figuring out how to attain U.S. citizenship or another legally recognized status if one lacks the proper paperwork can understandably be intimidating and overwhelming. However, an immigration law attorney can provide guidance each step of the way. An applied understanding of the law can help with attaining the status one desires even in the midst of ongoing immigration debates in New York and other parts of the country.

Source:, "What Can Economically Depressed Cities Learn From New York City's 1970s Immigrant Revitalization?", Nina Roberts, Aug. 18, 2017

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