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The Changing Face of North America: Immigration Since 1965

During the mid-1960s, the laws regulating immigration to both the United States and Canada were rewritten. This comprehensive series will inform readers about various immigration issues and conditions, including how immigrants arrive in North America, immigrant groups and their cultures, refugee status, and the deportation process.

15 volumes
7.5 x 9.5 inches
Chinese Immigration
by Marissa Lingen

Hardcover Available
A century ago, Chinese Americans made up a relatively small minority, but today they number over 2.7 million people. The immigration numbers from China to North America are equally impressive: the Chinese currently comprise the fourth-largest immigration group to the United States and the largest immigration group to Canada. With 1.3 billion people, China is the most populated nation in the world, but overpopulation is only one of the country's many pressing issues. The Chinese government, which has been communist since 1949, has initiated economic reforms in recent decades, yet it still enforces oppressive measures on its people. Many Chinese seek to resettle in North America, where they may find better economic opportunities and are assured basic rights like freedom of expression and religion. Although the early period of Chinese immigration to the United States and Canada was marked by discrimination and prejudice, changing attitudes have helped recognize the significant role of this immigration group, which has made numerous contributions in such fields as philosophy, fashion, technology, and medicine.

Cuban Immigration
by Roger E. Hernandez

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Cubans have been heading north to the United States and Canada for years. Pushed out by the repressive system under communist dictator Fidel Castro, the Cuban exiles of recent decades have united to become an influential economic and political force. Since 1959, the United States has welcomed hundreds of thousands of Cuban immigrants. Some exiles have traveled comfortably in airplanes; others have braved the dangerous Straits of Florida in shoddy rafts. U.S. leaders have sometimes modified immigration policy, often in response to the massive waves of Cuban migrants, like those arriving in the boatlifts of 1980 and 1994. Leaders of the Cuban American community push the U.S. government to continue offering refuge to the migrants who need it.

Deported Aliens
by Rob Staeger

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With the borders and coastlines of the United States stretching over 16,000 miles, enforcing immigration laws is no easy task. Every year thousands of immigrants illegally cross over the country's borders, reach its shores, and pass through its airports. A primary task of the U.S. immigration system is tracking down these immigrants and deporting them from the country. Faced with a staggering number of undocumented immigrants in the United States-an estimated 8 million in 2002-immigration officers have to prioritize whom they seek out and formally remove. In addition to undocumented immigrants, other deportable aliens include terrorists, certain classes of criminals, and those in violation of their visas. This book covers the history of immigration enforcement and its agencies, and explains in detail the legal process of deportation.

Filipino Immigration
by Jim Corrigan

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Filipinos are the second-largest Asian group in North America behind the Chinese, and the numbers of Filipino immigrants arriving to the U.S. and Canada continue to increase.The island country of the Philippines developed close bonds with the United States during World War II, when Filipino and American soldiers fought together against the Japanese forces. The Filipino achievements in the war led to the naturalization of many Filipino soldiers and their families. In the decades following the war, other major developments led to increased migration, including the Filipinos' overwhelming response to the job demand for nurses and doctors in the U.S., and, by the 1960s, the lifting of national-origin quotas in the U.S. and Canada. Years of poverty and government corruption in the Philippines have created a shadow that looms large over the country today, and is yet another reason why Filipinos choose to resettle in North America. Building on the firm foundation laid down by past generations of Filipino immigrants, the present-day generation arrives to the U.S. and Canada with fewer obstacles in their path.

Immigration from Central America
by Romel Hernandez

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By the first years of the 21st century, more than 2 million people of Central American origin were living in the United States and Canada. Most were in North America legally, but a significant minority-perhaps 20 percent-had immigrated without the proper documentation. Poverty and political violence, especially a series of bloody civil wars during the 1980s, have been at the root of much emigration from Central America. This book briefly chronicles the often-troubled history of the region's seven countries-Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama-and examines the experiences of those who have left to find a new life in North America. Despite many hardships, Central Americans have established vibrant communities throughout the United States and Canada, and their presence will only grow in the coming years.

Immigration from South America
by Tracy L. Barnett

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Immigration to the United States from South America increased during each of the last six decades of the 20th century, reaching nearly 540,000 in the period 1991-2000. In addition to these legal immigrants, a substantial number of South Americans-driven in many cases by economic crises and political unrest in their own countries-have come to El Norte without permission. Immigration from South America surveys the recent history of the 12 nations that make up the world's fourth-largest continent, focusing particularly on the countries that have sent the largest number of immigrants to North America. It examines why these people have left their homelands, how they have adapted to and changed North American culture, and what the future might hold for them in the United States and Canada.

Immigration from the Dominican Republic
by Kimberly A. Rinker

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Immigrants from the Dominican Republic comprise one of the largest Caribbean groups in the United States and Canada. The Dominican Republic, which shares an island with Haiti in the Caribbean Sea, has suffered through decades of political instability, impoverished conditions, and a poor educational system. For many Dominicans and their families, the move northward is the last remaining alternative to a life of great poverty. One popular destination for these migrants is New York City, where Dominicans make up one of the largest Latino groups. Dominican newcomers hope to continue finding better economic opportunities in the years ahead.

Immigration from the Former Yugoslavia
by Nancy Honovich

Hardcover Available
Slavic immigrants from southeastern Europe's Balkan Peninsula began coming to North America in significant numbers during the 1800s, although the nation of Yugoslavia wasn't actually formed until 1918. For the next four decades, however, the United States and Canada welcomed relatively few Yugoslavians-in part because of discriminatory immigration quotas and, later, because of Yugoslavia's closed-border policies. But in the 1960s, economic necessity forced Yugoslavia to permit workers to leave, and the United States and Canada reformed their immigration laws, resulting in a notable influx of Yugoslavian immigrants. As this book reveals, however, Yugoslavian immigration to North America exploded after 1991, when the country began a decade-long descent into ethnic violence and civil war. Today the recent immigrants from the former Yugoslavia, along with the descendants of those who arrived earlier, continue to preserve their rich heritage even as they make their way in North America.

Immigration from the Middle East
by Sheila Smith Noonan

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The Middle East, which nurtured some of the world's earliest civilizations, is today a region of diverse peoples and cultures. It is also a region beset by political, social, and religious conflicts, a situation that has spurred many people to leave their homelands in hopes of finding a better life elsewhere. Middle Eastern immigrants have been arriving on North American shores since the late 1800s, but in recent decades their numbers have risen dramatically. By the early 21st century, there were an estimated 1.5 million immigrants from the Middle East living in the United States, and about 340,000 living in Canada. Though the contributions of Middle Easterners have long enriched North American society, the future of Middle Eastern immigration appears uncertain in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Indian Immigration
by Jan McDaniel

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The people of the Republic of India make up the world's second-largest population, numbering over one billion, yet they live in a country just over one-third the size of the United States. The country's growing population, along with its relatively small land area, has helped lead to overcrowding, extensive poverty, and wide-scale pollution. These conditions, along with the attractive opportunities available in other countries, have compelled many Indians to emigrate. Hailing from a land of many faiths and attitudes, Indian immigrants have made diverse contributions to the national fabrics of Canada and the United States in the areas of religion, philosophy, commerce, fashion, and cuisine. Indian Americans have also made inroads into high-tech fields and other industries. However, immigrants, particularly those arriving with minimal experience and education, still face the threat of being exploited in the North American workplace. With the continued dedication of equal opportunity and employment organizations, along with the many Indian associations of North America working to secure immigrant interests, Indians are likely to continue resettling in the United States and Canada in large numbers.

Korean Immigration
by Sheila Smith Noonan

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Koreans are relative newcomers to North America: the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States was officially celebrated in 2003. On January 13, 1903, a ship carrying 102 Korean men, women, and children landed in Hawaii, which was then a U.S. possession. From this modest beginning, however, the Korean community in North America has grown to number more than 1.3 million-in spite of decades of discriminatory immigration policies designed to keep Koreans and other Asians out. Such policies, both in the United States and Canada, weren't fully revoked until the 1960s.This book takes an in-depth look at the experience of Korean immigrants. It examines the reasons why they have left their homeland, what they have found on North American shores, and how their presence will continue to change the face of Canada and the United States in the 21st century.

Mexican Immigration
by LeeAnne Gelletly

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-Mexicans are the largest and most rapidly growing American minority group; in 2000, they accounted for more than a quarter of the U.S. foreign-born population. The numbers of Mexican immigrants to Canada have also been growing steadily since the 1960s. For over two centuries, higher wages and job opportunities available in the United States and Canada have attracted Mexicans. Naturalization regulations have attempted to regulate the massive flow of immigrants, although many Mexicans have skirted the law by entering the U.S without legal immigrant status. There are grave dangers facing Mexicans illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, however, and limited rights granted to those who successfully enter the country. Government organizations work to prevent illegal migration, while political groups continually advocate for the rights of legal and undocumented immigrants from Mexico. The leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico face great challenges in the decades ahead. They hope to ensure that Mexican immigrants do not burden federal budgets, but that they also receive all the opportunities that they deserve in their new homeland.

Vietnamese Immigration
by Joe Ferry

Hardcover Available
Before 1975, not many Vietnamese lived in North America. Over the past three decades, however, waves of immigrants have arrived into the United States and Canada. Many of these immigrants were refugees, fleeing a country that remained unstable long after a devastating civil war and reunification in 1976. During the 1970s and 1980s, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese arrived to North America through the Orderly Departure Program, established by the United Nations.In general, Vietnamese immigrants have found freedoms in North America they were denied in their homeland, but many still struggle to overcome obstacles like prejudice and poverty. With recent improvements in U.S./Vietnamese relations, there is reason to believe the immigration process will become easier for future newcomers.

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