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Immigration law has been point of contention for some time

In the modern era, the United States, including the state of New York, is experiencing a wide range of phenomena, including economic inequality, technological revolution and rapid globalization. Still, one of the biggest ones is the huge influx of people coming to the country from around the world. However, not everyone is on the same page when it comes to immigration law.

Starting in the 1900s, a variety of immigrants started to arrive in the United States. In fact, the number of immigrants who entered the country then is comparable to the number entering the nation now. The newcomers sparked a backlash among some members of the American population.

Back then, many of the immigrants who came to the United States were from Italy as well as Russia and areas that the former Austro-Hungarian Empire controlled. However, Italians were particularly stereotyped and vilified. Many Americans feared that immigrants would bring their own ideologies with them into the United States -- a fear that resembles the fear that some existing Americans have today with regard to immigration.

Immigration law continues to be a point of dissension in the United States, which may naturally make life more complicated for those who lack the proper paperwork. Those seeking U.S. citizenship might be excited about the prospect of attaining a legally recognized status but may also be nervous about the road to achieving it. An attorney in New York can help with navigating this process so that their aims are met in today's complex political and legal environment.

Source:, "America Replays Past Episodes of Nativism", Noah Smith, Oct. 25, 2017

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