Does Immigration Contribute to a Better America?
With the increased fears of terrorism since the September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers, a sense of strong nationalism among United States citizens has emerged. However, with this positive sense of nationalism has come misguided xenophobia. This heightened sense of fear is what drives United States citizens towards reactionary policies. Critics like Peter Brimlow in his Common Sense About Americas Immigration Disaster warns Americas of the massive influx of non-American immigrants into the United States. He stressed the ramifications of the “demographic mutation” (pg 40) that America is undergoing and the fear that this country will become a “freak” (pg 40) among the world’s nations. The Immigration policy is an extremely relevant issue in today’s society. Although, the idea of immigration being a “crisis” allows for misinterpretation. Many Americans fail to take into consideration the positive effects that a highly diverse country brings to each individual person. Evidence of the social, cultural, national and economical effects indeed show that with the proper regulations and implementations, immigration contributes to a better America. In the words of Phillippe Legrain in The Case for Immigration: The Secret to Economic Vibrancy , the “potential gains from freer migration are huge” (pg 34). No matter which way the term is looked at, diversity cannot be seen as a bad thing. Having hundreds of thousands of millions of different kinds of people all living in the relatively same environment is a wonderful thing. Children growing up in a predominately one-ethnicity populated area don’t get the same type of education socially that kids in a diverse area would. People that are shielded from diversity, racially, ethnically and culturally are blind to a different side of life. A diverse society offers “the opportunity to lead a richer life by meeting people from different backgrounds: friends,...
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