February 6, 2013
The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom to many, is engraved with the famous poem, “New Colossus”, by Emma Lazarus. It reads, “… give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door” (Lazarus). Our country embraces diversity, yet one of the most controversial and debated topics in the United States is immigration. America has lived up to the dream of many immigrants, yet many are struggling to adjust to the unfamiliar culture, as addressed in Pat Mora’s poem “Immigrants.” Immigration means the one-way flow of the population to a specific place or country. It is what carves the picture of the modern world. People move out of the native country or state for various reasons. Better employment opportunities, a desire for a better living, and a successful future are the main driving forces. The founders of the United States were immigrants themselves, heroes who believed in equality and acceptance for all people. Immigration has and will always be a vital part of our nation’s diversity, economic stability, and rich culture. One of the nicest things America has done for immigrants is provide them a community. In Judith Cofer’s “ The Latin Deli” she writes about the Latin Deli as a place where people come when they are homesick. People enjoy browsing for brands that they associate with good memories. For example, “ …when they walk down the aisles of her store reading the labels of packages aloud, as if they were the names of lost lovers” (Cofer). Folks also buy jamon y queso, which is really just a ham and cheese sandwich, and which is more expensive at the deli than in other locations. But ordering it in Spanish and feeling familiar is worth the extra cost. Countless immigrants blunder their lives in their original country. Therefore, America...
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