This country was built by immigrants, it will continue to attract and need immigrants. Some people think there are enough people here now — people have been saying this since the 1700s and it still is not true. They are needed to make up for our aging population and low birthrate. Immigrants often are entrepreneurs, creating jobs. We must help them become Americans and not just people who live here and think of themselves as visitors. When immigrants succeed here, the whole country benefits.
- Donna Poisl, Immigrants in the USA Blog
The United States is the land of freedom. Better yet, it is a land of opportunity. It is a country where immigrants can come from other countries and own property, invest in business ventures, and lead a better life not only for themselves, but as a positive representation of their native land.
Immigrants have been frowned upon by a vast majority of Americans for decades. They are seen as second-class ‘peasants’ who enter this country to serve first-class Americans. Many of them enter the country illegally and are forced to take “under the radar” jobs in which they work in exchange for money—not an annual salary, benefits package, or even a 401K.
They diligently work to support their families living in America. They also work to be able to provide their families back home with additional income. In a nutshell, they are hired to do the work that some Americans choose to pass up. They are cleaners, food preparers, and anything else that is of service. Yet, they manage to work their jobs with integrity and with a common goal to move forward.
What strikes me as most interesting is that with all they have done for this country, some Americans still consider them as “lower class citizens.” This is slightly supported by the language barrier.
My boss is Filipino and was born in the Philippines. Upon entering the States at the age of 18, she suffered a lot of issues with cohesiveness. She spoke her native language of Tagalog, and because of that it was hard for her to comprehend and even speak English. However, relocating to San Diego, which full of immigrants, was a smart decision for her family.
San Diego, California is on the borderline of Mexico. As a result, the city is filled with a huge Latino population. Nonetheless, Pacific Islanders do make up an acceptable size of the city at 0.4%. Opportunities for advancement were available and she took full advantage. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from a prestigious institution and has dedicated her life to providing effective youth development and immigration reform.
The issue of immigration is a never-ending battle. It continues to affect the lives of many citizens. Students at the University of Illinois and Parkland College chose to spend their Spring Break at the Immigration Reform March in Washington, DC. The goal was to send a message to President Obama about why Immigration Reform was so important.
If Immigrants want to come to America for a better life, why should we refuse them the right to do so? How do you feel about immigrants in your neighborhood? Have they added to or taken away from what currently exists?
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