Chapter 3: Immigrating to North America

Rinker, Kimberly A.
November 2003
Immigration from the Dominican Republic;2003, p12
Book Chapter
Dominican immigration to North America was not regulated until the 20th century. To place the migration history of this group in a larger context, it is helpful to take a brief journey through the periods of U.S. and Canadian immigration. Immigration to the United States has been characterized by openness punctuated by periods of restriction. Historically, race and ethnicity have played a role in legislation to restrict immigration. Until the 1920's, no numerical restrictions on immigration existed in the United States, although health restrictions applied. The Immigration Act of 1924, preceded by the Temporary Quota Act of 1921, set new numerical limits on immigration based on "national origin."


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