Obama's DREAM Speech
In 2012, Obama gave a speech addressing a very important issue regarding Immigration in the U.S. This Speech is focusing on the Dream act, an act saying that children brought to the U.S. illegally have a chance to earn their citizenship. Obama gave this speech in hopes that people would see how child immigrants should be given a chance. Obama's speech is targeting the Republican representatives, who blocked the bill after the Democrats passed it. This speech is important because it is showing people that illegal immigrant children should be given a chance.
David Reed's Speech on immigration
David Reed wrote what he described the reasons for the Johnson-Reed act in 1924. Reed's audience was the American people. This speech was directed towards the general public to gain support for the law. The document is important because it explained the reasons for an immigration quota.
Jan Brewer's Speech After Signing Senate Bill 1070
In 2010, Jan Brewer gave a speech after signing Senate Bill 1070 which Strengthened Arizona's laws against illegal immigration. Her audience was the state of Arizona. Her argument for the bill were that drug cartels sneaking people into the United States are using immigrants as drug mules and that the cartels are worsening the quality of life for the people of Arizona. This law became very controversial many of Jan Brewer's critics claimed that the law was racist.
Benita Veliz's Speech On Her Life As An Illegal Immigrant
In 2012, Benita Veliz spoke about her life as an illegal immigrant to an audience at a democratic convention. She was brought to the United States as a child and grew up to be a very contributing member to society. After running over a stop sign and being discovered to be an illegal immigrant she was going to be deported. But because of the Dream act she was allowed to stay. This speech was important because it gained support for the Dream act.
George W. Bush Immigration Speech
George Bush made a speech in 2006 aimed at the American people. The speech was directed toward the general public, and was supposed to gain support for securing our borders. This Speech was important because it was the first time president Bush said exactly where he stood on the subject of illegal immigration.
The chinease exclusion act was a law written by congress in 1882 aimed toward the chinese people. Under the chinease exclusion act, Chinese were not allowed to immigrate to the United States for ten years. This was very important because after the ten years the ban of the chinese was extended and chinese people were not allowed t come to the United states till 1943.
Picture of Angel island.
Angel island is called the Ellis island of the west because over one million Asian immigrants came through there to get to the united states. Due to restrictions caused by the Chinese exclusion act of 1882 many immigrants spent years on the island waiting to gain citizenship.
This is a poem written by an unknown Chinese immigrant who carved it in the walls of angel island while being detained waiting for entry into the United States. This person may have been writing this for people to see in hopes that they would realize that keeping immigrants in prison is not the best thing to do. This shows the life that an immigrant unknowingly chooses when they decide to come to the U.S. searching for a better life.