The problem of immigration is nowadays one of the most serious problems the contemporary American society is currently facing. Many specialists argue that the growing number of immigrants, especially illegal ones is dangerous for the future development of the national economy as well as for socio-political life of the whole country. In such a situation it is quite natural that American government is getting to be particularly concerned about the problem of immigration and initiated a legislative reform concerning immigration. The history of the US is a history of inflow of immigrants, embodied in Ellis Island, and the history of adverse reaction to the newcomers on the part of the current population. Many people in the United States think that the number of immigrants should be limited and the immigrations laws should be changed.
In my opinion, immigration laws should not be changed since they work well for the country and people’s unsatisfaction with the laws comes from general hostility toward the immigrants. This view in particular, is embraced in the article by Richard Rodriguez “Trouble is, native-born just don’t measure up – anti-immigrant politic” that focuses on the role immigration has played in the development of the US and approaches that should be taken in treating this phenomenon at the moment. The current policy of the US basically target well-qualified specialists from other countries of the world that could contribute consistently in the economic development of the country. Rodriguez believes that the reason behind the hostility of the current population is the fact that they do not ‘measure up’ to the newcomers’ level, as modern Americans are “never as bold, never as driven, as [their] grandparents” (Rodriguez 1994). Rodriguez accuses Puritans who came “fleeing intolerance” that they “ended up intolerant of other immigrants who came after” (Rodriguez 1994). According to the article, the roots of the problem are not with the laws, but rather in...
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