Immigration and Urbanization

Start Free Trial

How did the laws of the United States affect the immigrants' lives?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The laws of the United States affected the lives of the immigrants in several ways. Some laws were passed that restricted immigration to the United States. The Emergency Quota Act and the National Origins Act of the 1920s restricted immigration to the United States. As a result, immigrants in this...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

The laws of the United States affected the lives of the immigrants in several ways. Some laws were passed that restricted immigration to the United States. The Emergency Quota Act and the National Origins Act of the 1920s restricted immigration to the United States. As a result, immigrants in this country had to delay bringing other family members who wanted to come to the United States. The Chinese Exclusion Act banned Chinese immigration to the United States for ten years. Those Chinese people who were already in the United States couldn’t become citizens for ten years. These immigration laws had a negative impact on some of the immigrants and their families.

Of course, immigrants were expected to follow the laws of the United States. When the immigrants came here, they were processed at Ellis Island if they came from Europe and were processed at Angel Island if they came from Asia. Whatever laws were passed in the cities in which they lived applied to the immigrants. Many immigrants took jobs in factories. The immigrants were expected to follow all of the laws related to working as well as the rules and regulations of the factories. Unfortunately, there weren’t many laws that protected immigrants from abuses that existed in the workplace or in the cities in which they lived. The expectation was that immigrants would follow all local, state, and federal laws.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team