Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, August. Labor Force Recomposition and Industrial Restructuring in Electronics: Implications for Free Trade. A Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants: Issues and Opportunities.
The reasons for immigration to the "land of opportunity" called America in the early years of our country are clear.
America offered jobs, fruitful and expansive land and freedom from persecution.
America was seen as a place where an individual could start over with an equal chance of success or failure, no matter what country he or she came from.
This proved to be true for Irish Immigrants, German-American Immigrants, English and black immigrants that came to America.
Moreover, the evidence examined in this report and other research makes clear that immigrants make significant progress the longer they reside in the United States. Unfortunately, this progress still leaves them well behind natives in most measures of socio-economic status even after they have been in the United States for decades.
The share of adult immigrants who have lived in the United States for 20 years who are still in poverty or lacking health insurance is at least 50 percent higher than for adult natives.
Immigration continues to be the subject of intense national debate.
The more than one million immigrants arriving each year have a very significant effect on many areas of American life.
Lifetime prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders among Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites in Los Angeles. Immigration Statistics, National Research Council, Washington, D.
Depressive symptoms among Mexican Americans: the Hispanic health and nutrition examination survey.