Immigration has always been something that has shaped my family and past. Being a Latina young women, immigration, especially now, is a big part of my life. This essay is going into detail explaining and describing the four major waves of US immigration starting from before 1790. Once we spent a good amount of time learning in depth about each wave of immigration, we learn and begin to notice that the “American Story” isn’t a story without immigration being involved. Many people came to the united states before 1790. The first American settlers were the native Americans. After them, for a short while, the Vikings came along and then the Europeans and the British. The british colonies were the ones who stayed the longest and made up most of the population in America by 1790. These British colonies were most prosperous in Northern America. The main reason many came to America was because of the land, political freedom, and religious freedom. During this time frame, many African Americans and people from the caribbeans came as slaves because of the work that was needed to be accomplished. Once settlements started arising, so did immigration. During the time frame from 1790-1820, immigration started to increase due to slavery and wars; both of those consisted of people being forced out of their home town with very little choice. The immigrants consisted a mix of English, African, Scot-Irish, Scottish, German, Dutch, French, British, and Europeans. These immigrants all came over to the United States. If they didn’t come as slaves, they were here for economic opportunities such as careers, political freedom, and religious freedom. Because of wars, such as the revolutionary war and the war of 1812, it caused too much violence and too much disruption for people to stay. British settled in southern colonies due to the highly profitable tobacco crops and they wanted to take advantage of the thriving slave trade. Overall, immigrants came for a better lifestyle. The second wave of United States immigration occurred from 1820-1880. Groups of asians, germans, irish, europeans, scandinavians, and chinese immigrants fled into the US during this time. Economic reasons, political freedom, famine, poverty, and war were the big reasons many came. They arrived in hopes for a better lifestyle but experienced the opposite. They dealt with nativism, false accusation of them stealing jobs, protesters causing everyone to go against them, and overall harsh conditions dealing with hatred causing less immigrants to enter the US. There was a great decline of immigrants during the time frame of the 1880-1930. Groups of Europeans, Mexicans, Jews, Armenians, people from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Southern and Eastern Europe, and Canadians made up the group of immigrants who made their way to America during this time. This diverse crowd of immigrants came to America for democracy, freedom of religion, available land for farming and housing, economic opportunity, and job opportunities such as working in industries like steel and making railroads. Immigrants, such as people from Southern and Eastern Europe, left their native land due to lack of job opportunities and scarce food rations, lack of available farmland, being replaced with machinery, and Religious persecution of Russian Jews, who fled their villages after pogroms. Like immigrants from the past, they just wanted to have a better lifestyle but ended up coming to America dealing with hatred and accusations. They dealt with nativists groups and acts, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, that caused groups of people to see immigrants as animals that were incapable of learning the American ways. They were accused of stealing American jobs and at some point, immigrants weren’t even allowed into the United States due to all the restrictions. The fourth wave of immigration was from 1965 up to present day. These immigrants consisted of Mexicans, Philippines, Koreans, people from the Dominican Republic, Indians, Cubans, Vietnamese, and Canadians. A majority of these immigrants came due to the economic opportunity and political freedom as well as jet aircrafts being a newer, cheaper, and faster way to travel across seas. Many also came for low paying jobs that they could easily gain since no one wanted those jobs. There were acts, such as the Immigrant Reform and Control Act (IRCA), that tried putting a stop to massive amounts of immigrants entering illegally. The immigrants that came scattered in mainly 7 states; California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Much like the IRCA, there was also the Immigration and Naturalization Act which happened before the IRCA. The Immigration and Naturalization Act was an act passed by president Lyndon Johnson, ending the racist national origins quota system that only favored northwestern European immigrants. This new law had new criteria for immigrants to reach in order for them to enter. This criteria included of family reunification, individual talents and skills, and refugee status. This new law also increased the amount of immigrants allowed to enter the US up to 300,000 a year. To this day, immigrants have greatly shaped the way our community and culture is like. Immigrants have brightened up run down, depressed cities. They’ve brought a wide religious diversity and new ethnics. As well as given a diversity in food Immigration has not only shaped and made an impact on America, but has left a great impression in my own personal life. Immigrants have brought much diversity into everything we have now, from food up to religion. They’ve made America what it is now. Anywhere you go you’ll be able to see the large amount of diversity we have, all because of immigration. To this day, there is such strong hate towards immigrants when they are no different than us. Some people have advantages all because they were born as a legal US citizen but if they were born elsewhere, they would be treated and seen differently. Looking back at each wave of immigration, there was a common thread. No matter what year and time frame it was, immigrants were always seen as bad people. But when one really thinks about what role immigration played into the American Story, you come to realize that immigration is the American story.