Immigration policies have been influenced by race, because certain races are being "picked on". Laws have been made to exclude certain races, while others laws are made to help other races. When I discuss immigration with others at times, I only hear how ineffective immigrants are, and how they are trying to live in "our " land for the freedom and to gain the benefits of education and money. I think it's sad that not everyone is granted the same opportunities to make a better life for themselves.
Immigration in the 19th and 20th century is similar to immigration of today because everyone looking to come to the U.S. are looking forward to the many opportunities the U.S has to offer. The differences lie in how immigrants are accepted today as opposed to back then. Today, immigrants are viewed as detrimental to our society, and back then they were more accepted.
I think today immigration is viewed as negative and is only portrayed by a certain race according to the media. I think how it's viewed today allows people to stereotype certain races based on their looks.