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.

The U.S. Constitution and Immigration

June 3, 2017

The U.S. Constitution gives very few specifics about the way U.S. immigration policy should look, but it provides broad guidelines as to who has authority to make such policy, as well as the legal means for challenges to elements of… View Article

Thomas Jefferson and Immigration

May 21, 2017

In his Notes on Virginia, written in the early 1780s, Thomas Jefferson expressed skepticism that large numbers of immigrants from culturally different countries would help the U.S. to thrive. “Suppose 20 millions of republican Americans thrown all of a sudden into… View Article

Eisenhower and Immigration

May 21, 2017

The presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower saw two significant initiatives affecting U.S. immigration and immigrants.In 1953 Eisenhower signed the Refugee Relief Act of 1953, welcoming 214,000 more European immigrants to the U.S. than were allowed under the current system of… View Article

Immigration Policies Under Barack Obama

May 21, 2017

Taken together, President Barack Obama’s immigration policies amounted to a centrist approach, with individual policies garnering harsh criticism from both extremes of the debate on U.S. immigration as he balanced a desire to welcome new immigrants and provide sensible reform… View Article

Recommended Textbooks on Immigration

May 18, 2017

In January of 2017, historians affiliated with the Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society created a hashtagged #immigrationSyllabus, collecting textbooks and other readings to orient students on the past, present and future of immigration in… View Article

Canvas and Immigration

May 11, 2017

From travel bags to ship’s sails to paintings charting the immigrant experience, the durable fabric known has canvas has touched on human migration for centuries. The word “canvas” is itself an immigrant of sorts, having originated in the Greek “cannabis”… View Article

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