Immigration: Should America close its Golden Doors?
America has, is, and will always be a nation of immigrants: the great melting pot. In the years that have passed since Emma Lazarus’ poem was inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, “the golden door” has seen times when it was open wide and times when it was closed shut to almost all immigrants; what really is an American anyway? An American is someone who loves their country and the people in it, and believes in bettering their own lives as well as the lives of those around them. Does it really matter that these individuals may be of German or Chinese descent? Their ethnic background does not have anything to do with their being American. To say that the majority of people in the United States have some sort of tie with an ethnic background from a different country would be a safe assumption. This is what makes our American Culture unique. Immigrants bring to our country strong family structures and strong morals. Foreigners also help our economy prosper. If this great country was forged and built by immigrants passing through “the golden door,” then how can this same country turn away new immigrants? Immigrants are what help make America what it is today by being a multicultural society standing united. A lack of jobs is a major concern for most Americans. Will there be enough jobs for everyone? Can our economy support its own citizens, immigrants, and illegal aliens? The working poor are concerned that illegal immigrants may be holding down wages and taking the few unskilled jobs that are available in some areas (Kirschten 16). These are legitimate fears that call into question the government’s ability to regulate immigration. Tax paying citizens are also concerned that the tax dollars they pay each year are being used to help educate illegal immigrants and not those who are rightfully living in this country (Amselle 60). When there is a large population of immigrants in an area, citizens tend to view them in a hostile manner because of the perceived notion that illegal immigrants are using resources meant for legal residents (Bean 204). In reality illegal immigrants have never been eligible for welfare and other public services (Castro 180). Due to a decline in the fertility rate in the United States some leading demographers predict that without substantial immigration America will have a shrinking population (Briggs 127). A shrinking population would mean a higher cost of living and a slow decline in the economy. This alone does not diffuse the alarm of overpopulation but it does give a different view of the situation. The United States immigration policy does not allow people to immigrate if they are expected to be dependant on public services. Yet in 1993 approximately 12% of the 5.9 million recipients of Supplemental Security Income benefits were immigrants, even though they only account for about 5% of the population (Mont 15). Statistics such as these add to the growing anti-immigrant sentiment among American citizens. This anti-immigrant attitude was clearly reflected in 1994 with the passing of California’s Proposition 187. Actions such as Proposition 187 can create a very hostile and possibly dangerous atmosphere for all immigrants. What it really boils down to is a belief among Americans that immigrants simply cost too much. Immigration means increased job competition, more money spent on welfare, and increased competition for educational funding. Although Proposition 187 was aimed at curbing the health care cost of illegal immigrants, most Americans simply see it as an immigrant issue and pay little attention to details concerning the status of those immigrants actually receiving benefits. Many believe that immigrant workers, both legal and illegal, hold down wages in low paying jobs mostly in areas such as California’s Central Valley where most of the workers are immigrant and up to 40% are believed to be illegal (Kirschten 16)....
...1.Should American encourage immigration?
Immigration policy affects all aspects of society. Regardless of status, immigrants have always played a central role in the life and growth of a nation.An Immigrant is a person who has citizenship in one country but who enters a different country to set up a permanent residence. Just entering another country does not make you an immigrant. In order to be an immigrant you must have citizenship in one country, and you must have gone to a different country with the specific intention of living there. Immigration to the US is highly competitive and, depending on an individual’s situation, can be a lengthy and complicated process. Immigration procedures and requirements are broadly divided into three categories: those attempting to immigrate on the basis of a family relationship, those attempting to immigrate for employment, and those entering the US for the purposes of study. Lawful immigration greatly benefits both America and the lawful immigrants, while unlawful immigration presents challenges to America’s ability to protect its borders and preserve its sovereignty.
Immigration has always been a formidable engine of economic and demographic growth for the United States.Many immigrants are natural entrepreneurs, establishing companies, creating jobs, and driving innovation. Well-educated and highly-trained...
...IMMIGRATION AND AMERICA
HIS 203 American History to 1865
Instructor Eric Fox
May 28, 2012
This paper will examine how immigration has transformed America from her earliest days as a nation, how immigration policies, and views on immigration, have changed so drastically, and how immigration continues to affect and change our society today. Also explored will be the arrival of America’s earliest immigrants, how these immigrants were viewed and treated by Americans, and the immigration battle that continues today with the flood of illegal immigrants pouring into America every day seeking safe haven from drugs, tyranny, and poverty.
According to the federal government’s 2010 American Community Survey, “The United States remains a nation that people from around the globe hope to call home” (McClatchy-Tribune News, n.d.). Simply put, America has been a creation of a mixture of cultures, religions, and different ethnic groups, and the term melting pot still applies today. Immigration began years ago during America’s earliest days. People were traveling to America in the hope of a better life, free to live their lives without tyranny, violence, and poverty. Not all of those immigrants found what they had been promised to expect, and many returned to their home country if...
February 24, 2013
Economics on Immigration in America
There are many misconceptions about immigration in the United States. They need to be cleared up if the country wants to evolve and grow as a prospering nation that allows and invites new people, ideas, and opportunities. Many anti immigration reformists believe that immigrants would increase crime rates, take jobs and lower wages from native born citizens, and that they are generally an economic burden in America. In this informative essay I will address the error in false ideals on immigration and debunk them with substantial evidence.
In America, there is a false belief that immigrants increase the crime rate. This is wrong because a recent study by The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), proved that “Immigrants in California are far less likely than U.S-born Californians are to commit crime.” While people born outside of the country make up about thirty-five percent of California’s adult population they account for only seventeen percent of the adult prison population.
Another misconception is that immigrants take jobs from native-born citizens and lower their wages. Studies done by the Equal Rights Center (ERC), show that immigrants “contribute to job growth by taking jobs in labor-scarce...
...American immigration history is the story of bonded, free, and enslaved migrant
labor. Immigration to a settler society advances resource extraction and economic
development. Extracting agricultural products and natural resources from land can
Require forced labor. Over the last 30 years the United States has been turning once again into a nation of immigrants. Roger Daniels is especially sensitive to the role of race and ethnicity in shaping Americanimmigration policy. Daniel provides an expert reexamination of American immigration policy and immigrant history. Daniels book builds upon his lifetime of work in American immigration and Asian American history. He notes that Americans have a dualistic attitude. On one part reveling in the nation’s immigrant past, and on the other rejecting much of its immigrant present” (p. 6).He identifies important points in the history of immigration to the United States, beginning with the racist Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and following the twists and turns in official policy up to the present debate on how to control illegal immigration. One of the great merits of Guarding the GoldenDoor, his comprehensive overview of that policy since 1882, giving appropriate attention to unrelenting efforts to keep out Asians in their near-total exclusion in 1924. Throughout, the author argues that...
...Illegal Immigration: a Threat to America?
One of the most prevalent issues threatening the well being of the United States is illegal immigration. Because illegal immigration is a threat to national security the United States must stop the in-flow of illegal immigrants. The United Sates has tightened its security at airports ever since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Although the increased security at the U.S. borders has been slow to develop. Why increase security at airports and not at the borders? It is much easier to increase security at airports than it is to at the borders. The money and effort involved to secure the borders is largely different. It is a unique problem that requires an innovative solution. It is taking far longer to even begin to handle the security at the borders, although the United States is finally starting to make some headway. According to a report published on June 17, 2008 by a nonpartisan research group. “Criminal prosecutions of immigrants by federal authorities surged to a record high in March, as immigration cases accounted for the majority — 57 percent — of all new federal criminal cases brought nationwide that month. Skip to next paragraphImmigration cases also made up more than half of new federal prosecutions in February, reflecting a major emphasis on immigration by the Bush administration and a policy shift to expand the use of...
Immigration in America Today
Every year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, legal and illegal, from across the Mexican border, come to the United States. These immigrants come because they want a chance at a better life. Many people believe the United States is the best place to go. There is more freedom, protection, and benefits, which seems like a good deal to immigrants. But the large number of immigration is affecting the current citizens of the United States. Taxpayers are forced to pay for the welfare and schooling for many of these immigrants, some who are illegal aliens. Some citizens blame crime, poverty, and overpopulation on immigration. The government has tried somewhat to restrict immigration but the laws are still too lenient. If nothing is done to stabilize the immigration to this country, what will become of population in the next decade? Immigration can become a serious problem to this country if the government does not produce stricter laws.
The government must restrict immigration laws because of overpopulation of the United States. Immigration has been affecting Americas population for over two hundred years now. Back in the 1800’s immigration was encouraged so that the New World could become prosperous. Today, some...
...Chinese Immigration into America
Surprisingly, Asian Americans have been in America for over 150 years.
They are as diverse as the immigrants from Europe, ranging from China, Japan,
Korea, Cambodia, Korea, Philippines, India, Vietnam, and Laos. (Takaki, page 8)
When many people think of American Immigrants, Asians are on the last of their
lists. In The Uprooted, Harvard historian, Oscar Handlin, prize winning book
with the subtitle "the Epic Story of the Great Migrations that Made the American
People," completely left out the "uprooted" from the lands across the Pacific
Ocean. (Takaki, page 10) This paper will give some information pertaining to
the Chinese immigration into America.
China is one of the world's oldest civilizations. It influence have
reverberated throughout Asia. It's presence is felt in many of the surrounding
cultures. The Chinese people have tried to keep their society pure from
outside sources. When foreigners entered their homeland and poisoned the
population with drugs, the culture could not stop the imminent alteration of
their ways. China was weakened severely and was taken advantage of by many
Chinese came to America for a myriad of reasons. The main reason was
because of the myth of the Gam Saan ("Golden Mountain.") Other reasons were
due to overpopulation, poverty, hunger, flooding, high...
College Writing I
19 September 2013
Immigration has been the foundation of America for over three centuries: from the pilgrims on the Mayflower, the colonists from the Virginia Company, the African Americans from the slave trade, and many who fled Ireland’s potato famine. The United States has always provided immigrants job opportunities, a chance to fulfill one’s dreams, and an occasion to experience many civil liberties. However, over the last twenty years, United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement has been limiting and controlling the number of immigrants coming into the United States. Their procedures are extensive that require money, identity verification, and time; these are some things that illegal aliens do not have. In May of 2001, Wellton 26, a group of illegal immigrants from rural Mexico, crossed the US border and attempted to navigate the Arizona dessert. With irresponsible guides and insufficient provisions, five of the men, who were searching for water, was spotted by a Border Patrol agent and immediately informed the agent that there were other men from their group stranded in the desert. After Border Patrol and other authorities conducted the rescue search, they found twenty six men: fourteen dead and twelve in critical condition. Luis Alberto Urrea discusses the journey the members of Wellton 26 undergone and the various aspects of illegal immigration in his national bestseller, The...