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  • New Immigrants By: Keven Chacon
  • "On to the New World ! " (The peak year for admission of new immigrants was 1907, when approximately 1.3 million people entered the country legally)
  • Between 1880 and 1920, a time of rapid industrialization and urbanization, America received more than 20 million immigrants. Beginning in the 1890s, the majority of arrivals were from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe
  • Within a decade, the outbreak of World War I (1914-1918) caused a decline in immigration.
  • Jews from Eastern Europe fleeing religious persecution also arrived in large numbers; over 2 million entered the United States between 1880 and 1920.
  • In 1917, Congress enacted legislation requiring immigrants over 16 to pass a literacy test, and in the early 1920s immigration quotas were established
  • The Immigration Act of 1924 created a quota system that restricted entry to 2 percent of the total number of people; favored immigrants from Western Europe–and prohibited immigrants from Asia.
  • Immigration plummeted during the global depression of the 1930s and World War II (1939-1945).
  • In 1965, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act, which is why the majority of U.S. immigrants come from Asia and Latin America rather than Europe.
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