If there’s one thing that’s been true since the United States was first formed, it’s the fact that nearly everyone here is an immigrant. Outside of Native American groups, anyone else came here from another country. The core of the initial colonies may have been from England, but immigrants came from all over the globe in the decades and centuries after that founding.
This has been a very important part of American history for a long time, and it’s wise to keep in mind how the country has been shaped by immigrants. If you look at the statistics right now, the immigrant population is roughly 14% of the total population of the country. But that undersells the impact because many people who were born in the United States either have parents who are immigrants or grandparents who were immigrants. Even if they have to go farther back than that, they eventually get to someone who came to the U.S. from another country.
What does that mean for the future?
In recent years, the relationship between the United States and immigrants has, at times, grown a bit more complicated. That’s why it’s important to go back and look at this historical relationship so that it can help define the future. Immigrants have always been very responsible for the growth and development of the United States. That’s only going to continue moving forward, and it’s wise for all citizens to look at it this way.
It’s also good for those who are looking to immigrate to know exactly what legal steps to take. The process may be complicated, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.