1970's to the Present

The Refugees Act of 1980- made it possible for more than 3 million people to resettle and find protection in the United States.

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986- it was passed to control and deter illegal immigration to the United States.

The Immigration Act of 1990 allowed 700,000 immigrants per year to enter the US for the next three years and an annual ceiling of 675,000 per year for every year after

Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act- Passed by President Clinton in 1996; addressed border patrol and upgraded border patrol enforcers, equipment, and patrolling process.

Rank Country 2010 Percentage
1 Mexico 9600000 23.70
2 China 1900000 4.70
3 Philippines 1700000 4.20
4 India 1610000 4.00
5 Vietnam 1200000 3.00
6 Cuba 1100000 2.70
7 El Salvador 1100000 2.70
8 Dominican Republic 941000 2.30
9 Canada 920000 2.30
10 Korea 880000 2.20

Immigrant- someone who comes to this country from another to stay.
Alien- someone who comes to the US temporarily.
Illegal aliens- people who enter the country without permission.
Old Immigrants- came to the United States prior to the Civil War; from Northern and Western Europe.
New Immigrants-came to the United States between 1870 and 1920; most immigrants came from China, Japan, and Southern and Eastern Europe.
Modern Immigrants- have come to the United States since the 1970s; most immigrants came from Southern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin American countries.
Melting Pot- the blending of many cultures in the United States