The question of what our policy toward the world's huddled masses should be is especially topical at this moment. The Statue of Liberty still lifts her lamp beside the golden door, but in a time of economic downturn, there is no longer an assured consensus that the door should be kept open very far. Restrictionism is back in fashion. For every journalistic article like that of Business Week in July 1992, which notes that "the U.S. is reaping a bonanza of highly educated foreigners" and that low end immigrants "provide a hardworking labor force to fill the low-paid jobs that make a modern service economy run," there is another like Peter Brimelow's in the National Review. His title tells it all: "Time to Rethink Immigration?" The burden of his argument is that America has admitted too many immigrants of the wrong ethnic background (he himself is a new arrival from Britain), that neither our economy nor our culture can stand the strain, and that "it may be time to close the second period of American history [the first having been the era of the open frontier] with the announcement that the U.S. is no longer an immigrant country.'" In short, we're here; you foreigners stay home. Nor are journalists the only voices in the debate. Last August California's governor Pete Wilson got media attention with a proposal to amend the Constitution so as to deny citizenship to an entire class of people born in the United States, namely, those unlucky enough to be the children of illegal immigrants.
...About John F. Kennedy’s A Nation of Immigrants
at a time when the issue of immigration and immigrants has taken center stage in this country, the message of President John F. Kennedy’s classic essay A Nation of Immigrants is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. That is why the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and publisher Harper Perennial have reissued this landmark essay on the contribution ofimmigrants to American society.
With a new introduction by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, A Nation of Immigrants (Harper Perennial) offers inspiring suggestions for immigration policy and presents a chronology of the main events in the history of immigration in America.
Written by Kennedy in 1958 after ADL reached out to the then-junior senator from Massachusetts asking him to highlight the contribution of immigrants at a time when the country was locked in a debate about the direction its policy should take, it is the last manuscript President Kennedy ever wrote, and the book was first published posthumously.
Throughout his presidency, John F. Kennedy was passionate about the issue of immigration reform. He believed that America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland. This modern edition of his...
...location. “Push factors are generally negative, such as poor economic conditions, lack of opportunity, discrimination, political oppression, and war. Whereas pull factors are generally positive, such as better economic opportunity, political freedom, and favorable reception toward immigrants” (Potocky-Tripodi, 2002, p. 13).
In order to understand the resettlement and adaption of immigrants in a host country, it is critical to examine all aspects of animmigrant migration path. In light of this phenomenon is significant to understand this process through the lens of three stages of migration: premigration and departure, transit, and resettlement. Theses stages can serve as an ongoing frame of reference for evaluation and comparing their current experience in the host country. “The stage of migration framework provides a context for understating and helping immigrants families and individuals by linking the migration experiences in the original and intermediate countries with experiences in the country of destination” (Drachman, Kwon-Ahn, & Paulino, 1996, p. 627). Using this framework an interview was conduct to analyze the human experiences of migration in attempt to further gain insight on immigrant who take into account not only their economic needs but also social and cultural differences, which may or may not be accepted.
For the privacy of the interviewee, the name Ms. Stephenson will be...
...economy and living arrangements are the first thoughts that pop in the minds of many. Social and economical positions are extremely intertwined with the concept of immigration. Immigration leads to higher rates of competition in the economy which leads for businesses to have higher output levels, in turn giving room for more workers to be hired. Immigration also leads to more social diversity. More cultures are placed into areas with hundreds if not thousands of other cultures and soon the society becomes greatly diverse. Looking into the past, immigrant workers were responsible for the construction of this nation. This is indeed a nation built off the sweat of immigrant workers from the world over. Immigrants have given enough to this nation to be recognized as key aspects of this nation’s past. Through the process of immigration this nation has grown and expanded. Immigration has been a powerful worker in the creation of this nation and will be discussed as such.
In biology organisms of the same species live within the same living habitats. They share the same needs and do not shun those who live in their habitats. Most organisms live with an understanding that working together will ensure survival. That is the understanding that if one were to exclude themselves from their pack then one would have a lower survival rate then with their pack. Humans go through...
...The positive side of Immigrations
Many people from all over the world move to America and this number of immigrants in the America has steadily grown. Shockingly, “the number of immigrants living in U.S. increased by 2.4 million” (A Nation of Immigrants). They are moving to United State because of the amenities that it has. They leave everything behind for that “American dream”. Those dreamers come to America looking for new opportunities, freedom, better lifestyles, etc. They are looking for the things that they didn’t have in their countries, so they come here to get more opportunities and be successful. According to John B. Judis, The author “Border War” “Mexicans and other Latinos are willing to pay the coyotes, because they hope to find well-paying jobs in the United States.” They are looking for better job and opportunities to make a comfortable life for their families. Although some people argue that immigrants are destroying our society and have many disadvantages for U.S., in fact they help United State to grow economically, educationally, culturally, and keeps America progressing, so we need to attract more immigrants to our land to make America more powerful.
One of the most important advantages of the immigrants is that they help our economy. Many Americans complain that immigrants take their jobs. However, what they do not realize that the jobs...
...According to Brimelow in his essay "A Nation of Immigrants," American were “one united people” a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs. Immigrate has come from distinctive places in the world just to be in American. What assemble a person an American? It’s the color of their skin, the way they talk, the way they carry themselves or is it commonly the act of doing what one thinks is an American that makes them that.
I believe being an American is not losing your culture and doing as everyone does. American is built on various cultures and without all this diverse culture America would not be called America. People who are immigrate of other country sees America as a way of freedom they didn’t have in their country. Freedom is not given in other country as it is in America, for those immigrate who want a better life they have the desire to want to be in a country were by they can be able to live life the way they want and America offer that. For someone to truly be an American I believe they should be hard working and dedicated individual who want to make this country part of their own also to better it.
We all have various cultures and religions believe and American allows us to practice what whatever it is that we want. Everyone wants the American dream, who wouldn’t want to have a...
...Initially, immigrants arrived mainly from northern and western Europe, as they had before the Civil War; the largest groups came from England, Ireland, Germany, and Scandinavia. From the mid-1880s until World War I began in 1914, the number of newcomers from southern, eastern, and central Europe increased. Among the new immigrants were also Greeks, Romanians, and Italians, mainly from southern Italy or Sicily. Record numbers of immigrants arrived in the United States, some 9 million from 1880 to 1900, and 13 million from 1900 to 1914. Despite event driven periodic declines, immigration increased from 1870 and 1920, with an increasing diversity of origin, and was met with mixed reaction from existing Americans fearful for their jobs and the lack of assimilation by the newcomers.
Late 19th-century immigrants left their European homes to escape economic problems—scarce land, growing populations, and the decline of subsistence farming. Most settled in the United States permanently, but others came only to amass some capital and then return home. Immigration dropped off during depressions, as in the 1870s and 1890s, and again during World War I. However, immigration was encouraged by new technology such as steamships, which reduced the time needed to cross the Atlantic from three months to two weeks or less.
Where immigrants settled depended on their ethnicity and on when they arrived. In the post-Civil...
...Canada is a country of immigrants. So it is often referred as multicultural and mosaic community. People bring different cultures to different countries because of the immigration and travelling. People who are from different countries have their own ethics values, beliefs, cultures, and ways of living. To get into new culture immigrants should try to learn languages, laws, culture values, and also try to preserve their own culture simultaneously.
Whenimmigrants involved into a new country or culture they must know the language of that country. Language plays a vital role in the life of individual. If they do not have sufficient knowledge of the language they are more likely to face many problems in their new country. First of all, language is a medium of communication. If they do not know they are not able to communicate with the natives of their new country. Consequently, immigrants are incapable to learn new things from the natives about their country and also face problems while travelling or in shopping. Secondly, language is means of expression and allows person to participate in the community culture. Finally, language also plays a crucial part in many factors such as; education, engineering, and so on. Therefore, it is very important for immigrants that they must have knowledge of the language of their new country to obtain a good experience of life.
In addition to this, laws of a one country...
...Movie Review Assignment
The Immigrant, starring (Charlie Chaplin) is a slapstick comedic tale of the voyage to America. The movie makes light of the deplorable conditions that they faced during their trek across the Atlantic and the hardships they faced upon arrival.
In the first appearance of Chaplin in the film, he is bent over the side of the ship. I like most everyone else thought he was sick, but lifts up to reveal that he caught a fish.
There are several comical moments involving the exaggerated rocking motion of the ship. One such instance, Chaplin shares a bowl of soup with another passenger a spoonful at a time as it slides back and forth between them. A game of craps takes place were Chaplin imitates the windup of a baseball pitcher when he throws the die, which was quite amusing.
Once ashore, Chaplin unsuccessfully tries to attain a job. In the restaurant scene, the story shifts to one of love when Chaplin happens upon a woman that he met on the ship played by (Edna Purrance). However the restaurant scene's best moment was Chaplin's Humorous attempt to avoid paying the bully waiter (Eric Cambell), due to the fact he lost his money. This makes for the funniest instance in the film in my opinion.
I was entertained by the great comedic genius of Charlie Chaplin. He truly paved the way for the comedy that we still enjoy to this day. It's amazing to me, how something filmed almost 100 years ago can...