Immigration Numbers_Earth_KFarrow

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What surprised you most about this information?  

-When doing the project with my group mates, I was surprised that there were many events that I never heard of that had such a huge impact on the immigration percentage. For example, in Germany, many people left the country and entered the United States because our soil was richer than Germany's. I never once thought that they would leave their own county for food, let done come to the United States. 

What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?

-The things that were most obvious were locating the dates and putting a pattern together. Every time the United States was in global conflict (wars), the immigration process slowed down because people were afraid of living in a country that was fighting a stronger power. 

Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

-Presently, I know that the United States is more hard on immigrants. They now need proper documents to arrive and live in the country and if they don't, the United States doesn't give them a chance to earn the papers, it's just deportation. In the next two decades, I feel that it will get worse with immigration as we are now in a recession again. When more immigrants arrive, they might take jobs from US citizens causing no jobs and little money making process which will further increase our 14 trillion deficit in the economy.

Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.

-At first I had an idea for my group to take clips from YouTube™ that showcased many of the events that affected immigration, but that became too tiresome as we only had 3 days to work on the project. We then switched to a 3D graph visualization. 

What parts of group work were challenging?

-The dates I found challenging were finding accurate and major events that caused immigration or immigrants to leave the US. For instance, in the 1960's we entered the Cold War with the Soviet Union. I thought that would be major enough, but it was not accurate as the Cold War was 85% shielded by the government and anyone who knew of what happened int hose times denied the very fact of it taking place. 

What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

-If I could redo this project over again I would create a movie using the clips from YouTube™ and make a moving graph that showcased the immigration change. Instead of a bar graph, I would create a line graph. 

Comments (2)

Malik Tlili (Student 2013)
Malik Tlili

simple. not too appealing but the original idea you thought of would have been cool. but this was well done and easy to follow for now. although it does not show the push and pull factors.