History | Immigrant Nations
A300 | 31955 | Wolf

Above class meets with LATS-L396

People often describe the U.S. as a nation of immigrants, but the
history of U.S. immigration policy illustrates just how heated
debate can be about the issue. On the one hand, the U.S. national
imagination loves to picture itself as the Statue of Liberty with
the iconic phrase, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled
masses yearning to breathe free." When people feel their job or
personal security threatened, however, anti-immigrant sentiment
expresses itself in media outlets, rallies, and even acts of

In this class, we will discuss the history of immigration to U.S.
and how the government has responded to it. Because of the
particularly prominent role that Latinos and Latin Americans play in
the current immigration debate, we will pay particular attention to
the relationship between this history and Latinos (qualifying this
as a Latino Studies Class). We will also examine what becoming a
U.S. citizen entails and means. By knowing immigration history as
well as the history of opinions towards immigration and citizenship
in this country, I hope that you will be able to develop and
communicate effectively your own personal positions on these