The old immigration period is associated with immigrants that came from northwest Europe. Take, for instance, the Chinatown or the Little Italy parts of every major American city.
Back To Index Contribution of Immigrants to the United States The old immigrants played a key role in the development of America, as along with them, they also brought over different ideas, cultures, and traditions with them. The new immigrants feared oppression based on the grounds of religion in their homelands, especially in countries like Ukraine and Russia.
Take for instance the political reasons, where new immigrants favored democratic America where citizens had a voice in government because European governments were run by upper classes and commoners had no say in political matters.
The purpose of this law was to restrict the flow of immigrants, because immigrant space was quickly becoming almost non-existent.
The Dillingham Commission Report detailed information about immigrant occupations, living conditions and education. This in turn led to the rapid Urbanization in America during the Gilded Age and the massive influx of immigrants to the cities.