It is historically acknowledged that the authentic Native-Americans are the Indians and there is documented theory that their origination possibly evolved from Asia. From the first settlers, throughout the establishment of the 13 colonies and the growth of the United States, state-by-state, America has truly become the “Melting Pot”, a nation of immigrants. The United States Census in 2007 allocates that more than 38 million of the nation’s residents were foreign-born; 12% of the population of 302 million.
For many foreigners, immigration to the United States during late 19th century and early 20th century would be a new beginning to a prosperous life inciting the last great wave of immigration to America. Ellis Island, located in the New York Harbor, operated as a federal immigration station from 1892 to 1954 and processed more than 12 million immigrant steamship passengers. Numerous immigration acts and laws were passed to limit the influx. There was great fear that the European arrivals were not making a serious effort to become citizens, but merely to plunder and exploit America, not adopting it as their homeland. Regardless, late on into the 20th century, additional laws were adapted repealing the older immigration laws and acts making it possible for many foreigners to immigrate to the United States creating other major concerns.
A particular issue for such concern is the spread of dual nationality, Nancy Foner, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is a leading scholar of U.S. immigration. She is the author or editor of over a dozen books on the subject of immigration. Professor Foner questions dual citizenship in an academic journal article she wrote, The American Melting Pot is a Rich Stew. It was not a possibility for European immigrants 100 years ago. However, she acknowledges it being problematic today as “a growing number of countries allow their nationals to maintain citizenship in the home country even after becoming U.S. citizens, weakening the meaning of American citizenship and the integrity of American Patriotism (9). She further makes reference to commentators such as journalist, Georgie Ann Geyer, claiming “dual citizenship is like bigamy” arguing that “it blurs loyalties, undermines commitment to the United States and retards the Americanization process” (qtd. in Geyer). Even, in lieu of this despairing and compelling factor, Professor Foner insists “immigrants become attached to their new country despite fears to the contrary” including those fears following the aftermath of September 11 and the continuing threats to national security. The article continues to provide statistics to support today’s legal immigrants signing on to a closer relationship with the United States than was the case a decade or two ago summarizing that altogether, a little more than half of the legal immigrants now living in the United States are naturalized citizens” (8).
What about the other half? The referenced reported figures are for legal immigrants because the undocumented (illegal) immigrants are not eligible for citizenship. As United States citizens, we need to focus on the negative impact of illegal immigration regarding national security, patriotism, social economics, government spending, and crime. It is precisely the illegal immigration issues that hurt America. Our government needs to be held to higher standard and practice ‘rule of law’. New arrivals must follow established policies, not ‘sneak in’ to avoid them (qtd. in Seeley).
September 11 illuminates the necessity for controlling illegal immigration to enhance national security, to maintain cohesion and a core of common value in American society preserving our common culture and American patriotism. A video interview of individuals on the streets of New York City regarding The U.S. Immigration Problem revealed the overall opinion that this country was...