America: the Melting Pot?

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Laura Stoeckle
14 September 2010
ENG 201
TTH 9:30
America: The Melting Pot?
For as far back as history books go there have been stories about people moving from one place to another. Immigration is defined as the movement of people from one country to another for the sole purpose of a stable residence. The United States of America has always been known as the melting pot of the world. Now our country is being faced with people trying to come here illegally and it is creating an argument between legal citizens. Do we allow these people to come here and make their dreams real like our ancestors did, or do we take every measure we can to keep them out?

While doing research I found that there are many people who are very against illegal immigration. They believe that the people who wish to become citizens need to go through a very vigorous process to gain citizenship. After the attacks on our country, and the ongoing war, many citizens are on their guard. It is very hard to feel safe in such an imperfect world. Many people are scared of what will come and even more terrified that if it happened once that it will happen again. Since many people are so afraid, they want homeland security to be increased along the countries boarders, better background checks on workers, and harsher punishments for the employers who hire the illegal aliens when they know that the workers do not have the proper paper work and are not legal citizens.

On the other side of the argument, some Americans feel that it is wrong to punish these people who are just trying to improve their lives, and the lives of their families. They believe that America was based on a dream, the same dream that our ancestors had when they came here looking for a better future, just as the people that are illegally trying to get into the country want to do. This does not mean that these people support how the immigrants are trying to get around the system, just that they should be given a...
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