How many immigrants have come to the United States?
Step 1: Go to the ArcGIS Online map, Your Huddled Masses, and explore the map.
Step 2: At the bottom of the map, click the Play button.
Step 3: With the Details button underlined, click the button Show Map Legend.
- What spatial patterns do you notice about the number of immigrants coming into the United States since 1820?
How many green-card holders are in the United States?
Step 4: Click the button, Content.
Step 5: Uncheck the box to the left of the layer name, History of Immigration.
Step 6: Turn on the layer, # of Green-Cards 2016.
- Which region had the highest number of immigrants coming to the United States in 2016?
Step 7: Turn on the layer, Green Cards by State.
Step 8: Click West Virginia, which had the lowest percentage of immigrants.
- What was the predominant country of origin for West Virginia’s immigrant population?
Step 9: Click on New York, which had the highest percentage of immigrants.
- What was the predominant country of origin for New York’s immigrant population?
Where are there favorable conditions for undocumented immigrants?
A sanctuary city is a state or county that has legislation in place that established a statewide “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants.
Step 10: Turn off the layer, # of Green Cards.
Step 11: Turn on the layer, Sanctuary Cities.
California has the highest percentage of immigrants as part of their population.
- Describe the distribution of sanctuary cities.
West Virginia and Montana have the lowest percentage of immigrants as part of their population.
- Does either of these states have sanctuary cities?
- States that have high immigrants are more likely to have policies that help illegial immigrants. (T/F)
How do refugees affect the United States?
Step 12: Turn off the layer, Sanctuary Cities.
Refugees are individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin or nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution.
Step 13: Turn on the layer, Refugee Groups by State.
- Do all states accept refugees?
- What refugee group predominates in your state?
- What regional patterns are visible in refugee camps?
Who comes to the United States?
Step 14: Turn off all layers.
Step 15: Turn on the layer, Immigration Stories, and read each story.
- How has each type of immigrant affected the United States?