The early days of American immigration had certain standards for those entering the country.
It was an orderly process. There were designated areas where immigrants were screened. If you check immigration records, you can see dates, names, point of entry, etc. My oldest son is investigating the records of his great-grandparents who immigrated from Italy. He found the Petition for Naturalization for the DeMar side of the Family.
Integration into the American way of life was a high priority. Learning English was a must, even though my grandparents struggled with their new language. On my mother’s side, my grandfather moved the family closer to the city of Pittsburgh with his large family (12 children) for more opportunities.
Immigrants had to make a case for their entry into the United States. There was a process and rules to follow. The vast majority of immigrants embraced the underlying Christian values of the nation.
Can we trust our government to do a thorough screening process? That’s the big question. We’re getting promises, but we’ve given promises before.
How times have changed…
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