Immigration in America; Past, Present, and Future

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Immigration in America; Past, Present, and Future
Erin Deel
HIS 203
Professor: Kimberly Hornback
May 9, 2011

Immigration in America
The inscription written by Emma Lazarus on the statue of liberty says the following; 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! It sounds lovely, it is a beautiful poem filled with hope and the implication that this is a nation who will take anyone in. Unfortunately, none of that lovely poem is true and it never has been. The ugly truth is only certain types of immigrants need apply. We don’t want any tired, poor, huddled masses in our country yesterday, today or tomorrow. Anti immigration laws are nothing new and they do not appear to be any kinder today than they were in times past. Even our president who got elected by minority and immigrant people hoping and praying for change seems to be carefully sitting on the fence concerning the issue. "We should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system," the president said, "to secure our borders, and enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation. In the end, it's our ideals, our values that built America, values that allowed us to forge a nation made up of immigrants from every corner of the globe, values that drive our citizens still." “Although Obama dedicated only about 40 seconds to immigration, his words spoke volumes. By stating his commitment to "secure our borders" and "enforce our laws," the president was signaling that immigration authorities will continue raiding private homes in search of "illegals," forcing employers to turn over undocumented workers, and splitting up families with deportations” (Gonzales, 2010). “The Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, as it is formally known, would provide a path...
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