The U.S. history curriculum standards for grades 5-12 cover many instances of immigration over our history. From early settlement, to the industrial revolution, to modern and postwar America, immigration has always played a key role in our nation's economic, social, and cultural development.

In contemporary America, immigration has continued to be a complicated and often contentious topic. Some see the welcoming of new and diverse people as what makes this country great, while others seek to prioritize the needs of current citizens.

With President Trump's recent order to temporarily ban travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, suspend all refugee admission for 120 days, and indefinitely bar Syrian refugees from entering the states, it's important to understand how past U.S. immigration has shaped our nation and how present policies may affect our future.