For years, America has been known as The Great Melting Pot. This is due to the mass amounts of immigrants that have congregated in the country since the 18th century. Immigration is what has defined America since its beginning: America began growing from the Quakers and Protestants that fled England from the religious oppression that they faced there. It continued to grow with the Irish that were looking for work and a better opportunity for their children. And it continues to grow with people from all over the world who seek refuge from political, religious, and economical oppression, just like those first immigrants. However, if America’s borders are closed, millions would be left in the dark to fend for themselves. Not only that, immigration has it’s pros that actually help America, including helping the economy, improving its image, discouraging illegal immigration, and enhancing culture. With new people from different countries and cultures arriving every day, the culture of America itself is expanded. The immigrants bring with them new foods, traditions, music, and art, integrating it within America’s culture. Critics might deem this is diluting America’s own culture. However, America’s culture is the culture of other countries, mixed together. The addition of new ones simply adds more layers. It also teaches the young citizens of America how to deal with new people from different countries that are diverse in their ways, including the way they talk, think, and express their feelings. This then promotes tolerance, and when the children grow up, they aren’t as scared of new things and different cultures. This can then possibly go on to improve international relations the United States has with other countries in the future. By keeping its borders open to immigration, America is seen by the other countries as a nation that is open and welcoming, that accepts new and different people, cultures, and ideas. It improves the way outsiders view...
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