Opposition of Immigration

By Bailey Schaefer

Two Sides to Everything

Immigrants are currently facing prejudice in New York and Boston. People fear they are too foreign to learn American ways. People believe they threaten democracy. Nativists started a new political party. They call themselves the Know-Nothing party. The Know-Nothing party ban Catholics and the foreign-born from holding political office. This party also cut immigration and set up a 21- year waiting period to become an American citizen. The Know-Nothing party elected six Governors. They didn't last long as a national party. This party’s Northern and Southern Branches couldn't agree on their position with the issue of slavery. Immigrants are having a strong impact on American culture.