Does Immigration Contribute to a Better America?
The action of coming to live in a foreign country sounds like what makes up our
amazing welcoming country of the United States of America. The United States is also
referred to as the “salad bowl”. According to the Salad Bowl Theory, there are times
when newly arrived immigrants do not lose the unique aspects of their cultures like in the
melting pot model. Instead, they retain them. The unique characteristics of each culture
are still identifiable within the larger American society, much like the ingredients in a
salad are still identifiable; yet, contribute to the overall make up of the salad bowl.
Without immigration, the USA would not be the same place it is today. This country was
built and molded on immigration; rather it be voluntary or forced. When foreigners
immigrate to the USA, it’s usually solely to make a better life for their family. Lastly,
many complain that immigrants come over to the USA and take “our” jobs, but that is not
true at all. Immigrants almost all the time take jobs that Americans don not want.
Colonists immigrated to the United States voluntarily; they helped mold this
country to be what it is today. Colonists put laws and rules into play to create the law and
political system we have today. Slaves were brought to this country forcefully, but have
had equally if not more of the same impacts as colonists have. Slaves economically
molded this country. They did all of the work while their owners took the credit. Most
states, especially southern states, have slave foundations, meaning slaves built that state.
Slaves built the White House, where are president and his family resides. One of if not
the most important building in our country was built by slaves. When slaves were
brought to America it was not looked at as immigration, but an economic investment. That
is extremely inhumane; but ,why was not it looked at as immigration. Americans are quick
to say immigrants are bad for our country, but as soon as immigrants are looked at as
beneficial, somehow all of those views are suddenly brushed under the rug or the furthest
from our minds.
Speaking about today or even tracing back to early immigration, immigrants have
always been poor and want nothing but a better life for their family. In the book The Case
for Immigration: The Secret to Economic Vibrancy, Phillippe Legrain says “Immigrants
are not an invading army; they are mostly people seeking a better life...And just as it is
beneficial for people to move from Alabama to California in response to market signals,
so too from Mexico to the United States.” Immigrants come to places like the United
States because they aren’t offered good or even mediocre jobs and school opportunities in
their native country. Not a lot of countries are fortunate enough as the United States, but
as Americans don’t we believe in equal opportunity. Not just equal opportunity for
Americans, but equal opportunity for the human race. Why would we say someone
couldn’t try to make his or her children have a better life than he or she had? Are we that
territorial as Americans where we shut down hopes and dreams based on the marked lines
of latitude and longitude? Are we that shallow? Immigrants whether child or adult
deserve a chance to present themselves with or earn a life worth living by their standards.
Many Americans argue that their problem isn’t with immigrants but with illegal aliens.
The only difference between an immigrant and an illegal alien is an immigrant has
identification paper to be in this country and an illegal alien does not. The average cost of
a permanent United States visa is up to or over two thousand dollars. The average waiting
list for the United States visa can be up to or over ten years not to mention immigrants
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