the real story is: what applied back in the turn of the century does not apply any longer.
Yet there are no good reasons that it could not apply again.
they were INVESTED here, they eventually learned the language and merged in. that was then.
what we have now is a 'grab, take, return home' situation.
Its much easier to invest in something when you have a fairly concrete promise. H1Bs (and various other forms of visa holders) can't really expect to become full citizens with any degree of certainty at anytime. We ought to fix that problem.
stop playing star spangled banner and smell the real coffee. what worked 100 years ago is not applicable now. the workforce is too crowded, the unemployment is sky high and we are borderline on depression, again and again.
This is just false. The unemployment rate is probably lower now than it was at the turn of dawn of the 20th century. The difference now is people feel entitled to stay where they are, back then you moved where the work was. The other thing is the economy is much more stable than it was then, even with the trauma of the 2007-10 years. I actually think THAT IS A PROBLEM, its the reason we have such a big wealth gap, its the reason we have "long term unemployment", its the reason we have problems like 'systemic risk' we don't let the big fail we don't stir the pot so folk shift in an out of the workforce; we prevent industry for adapting to the needs of the day.
and yes, I do think that being born in a country and raised there DOES give you more rights over those who just moved in. try moving to germany or france or austria or switzerland or probably most other european countries and trying to be 'a citizen'.
The failures of others is not a justification for not attempting to do/be better. It may offer proof the problem was hard and excuse failure but it isn't in and of it self a good reason not to try if the ends are noble.
Honestly the best way to 'fix' the problem IMHO is do away with all the quota and specialty visa programs. Let anyone who wants to come do so. Tell them they have 24 months during which they must any felony convictions and pass a 4th grade level English exam (for anyone over the age of 10), and provide the government with current contact information at all times. If they do that they get a green card. Commit a felony automatic deportation NO reentry ever. No unaccompanied minors unless they can prove they have relatives willing to house them. Fail to pass the English exam they must go home and can try to immigrate again after one year. Failure to provide contact info or sit for the exam is felony illicit immigration.
That way its nice an simple and open to every, which means anyone who does immigrate illegally is almost certain to be an undesirable or other sort of bad actor we should have little sympathy for; which means we CAN secure boarder (utilizing force as required) and work aggressively to discover and deport anyone who is not supposed to be here.