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Immigration History


Boundless Immigration is dedicated to helping immigrants navigate the spouse visa and U.S. citizenship application processes.

Enjoy the following educational posts about the history of immigration to the United States — from the colonial era to the present.


Immigration under President Ford

August 10, 2017

In 1975 President Gerald Ford signed the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, a significant piece of immigration legislation that aided immigrants from regions affected by the Vietnam War in the aftermath of the April 30, 1975 Fall of Saigon and… View Article


Immigration Under President Clinton

August 7, 2017

The first major immigration issue faced by President Bill Clinton dealt with Haitian refugees who were being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba after being rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. After campaigning against the policy of repatriation, Clinton reversed course… View Article


Immigration During Ronald Reagan’s Presidency

August 7, 2017

A few months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan issued a “Statement on United States Immigration and Refugee Policy” in which he outlined his goals to continue America’s tradition of welcoming people from other countries, especially those fleeing oppression. He called… View Article


Immigration During Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency

August 7, 2017

When Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th president following the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley, he was the youngest person to hold the office. He was president until 1909. Want to sign up for our weekly newsletter covering all things… View Article


Immigration During the American Revolution

August 4, 2017

The first U.S. Census in 1790 reported a total population of around 3.9 million in the new nation. Nearly the entire enumerated population was composed of either immigrants or their descendants (most Native Americans were not counted). Combining from different… View Article


Top U.S. Suburbs for Immigrants

August 3, 2017

In 2015, Business Insider compiled their list of The 50 Best Suburbs in America, calculated from publicly available data including unemployment, crime, average commute time, median income, level of higher education, and housing affordability. But which of those top 50… View Article


Top U.S. Cities for Immigrants

August 3, 2017

Among U.S. cities with more than 200,000 residents, New York City has the greatest population of immigrants, with nearly 3 million foreign-born residents, accounting for 35.7 percent of a total population of 8.4 million, according to U.S. Census figures published… View Article


George Washington and Immigration

July 21, 2017

During the early years of the United States, the primary concern around immigration largely dealt with how the fledgling country could draw more immigrants. Thomas Jefferson wrote that “the present desire of America is to produce rapid population by as… View Article


Immigration During the Roaring Twenties

July 9, 2017

The Roaring 20s may conjure up cosmopolitain images of flappers, speakeasies, art deco and jazz, but the 1920s were also a period of significant changes to U.S. immigration policy that would have repercussions for decades.The Immigration Act of 1924 (also… View Article


Immigration During the Cold War

July 7, 2017

Cuban refugees near Key West during the 1980 Mariel BoatliftBetween 1947 and 1991, U.S. immigration policy was shaped by the larger Cold War. In many case special allowances were made for migrants coming from Communist countries. In 1956, President Dwight… View Article


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