Does Immigration Contribute to a Better America

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Does Immigration Contribute to a Better America?
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

American Jewish poet, Emma Lazarus, wrote the sonnet entitled “The New Colossus” which, today is engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the Statue of Liberty. The message portrayed by Lazarus’s poem is to the millions of immigrants who came to the United States (most through Ellis Island at the port of New York). Although the initial creation of the Statue of Liberty was not one to symbolize immigration, with the help of Lazarus's poem, Miss Liberty became the unofficial greeter of incoming immigrants.

What most people today fail to realize is that this country was built by immigrants from every which country. America is a land of diversity and opportunity, a nation of immigrants who make up our culture therefore, yes, immigration does contribute to a better America. In the words of journalist, economists, and author Philippe Legrain, immigrants bring both talent and labors to areas of need. This country’s current population consists of either immigrants or descendants of. Immigrants make America a better place through cultural enrichment, economic advancement, and enhancement of the political culture. Legrain argues that immigrants do not harm American workers and he states that they are mostly people seeking a better life. Due to the fact that the United States is a “rich country”, immigrants are drawn to that and the huge demand for workers to fill the low-end jobs that natives do not want. Today, it’s the Mexicans who build our houses, Guatemalans and Vietnamese who harvest our vegetables and fish, Pakistanis and Ukraines who staff our hospitals, and a man of Kenyan decent who runs our nation.

In my opinion, immigration is the modern way to getting new, ambitious, eager people to be a part...
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