America Needs Legal Immigrants

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“We become not a melting pot, but a beautiful mosaic: Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, and different dreams (Carter, Jimmy). The United States of America has been given the name of the melting pot due to different cultures influencing ours and all melting together. We are considered the melting pot of the world due to citizens of other countries migrating to our country to make it their permanent residence. Immigration has been a part of the United States since its beginning (Florida, Richard). In the colonial era after settlements had already been made here on this land, a group of pilgrims came over to Plymouth and established a colony in 1620 due to religious persecution in Europe. In the 19th century, many came from Ireland resulting from a famine and so they would have an opportunity for work. Many moved out west to find farm land and find economic opportunity there (History Channel). All regions, mostly, are represented in our country such as Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and others. The United States is what it is because all of these immigrants who helped build it and shape it into the country it is (Florida, Richard). Immigration is a wonderful aspect considering that people who do not have the freedoms and rights that we have can come and share these blessings with us, but there is a right and legal way of becoming a citizen of this country. Those who do not follow by the rules and procedures are called aliens, which means illegal or undocumented (“Immigration Statistics Fast Facts”). There are many illegal aliens residing in our country who did not come here the right way. There are so many different statistics on how many illegal aliens are in our country. In a 2011 e... ... middle of paper ... ... CILE, n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2013. "Illegal Immigration to the United States." Wikipedia. Wiki Media, n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. "Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986." Wikipedia.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2013. “Immigration Statistics Fast Facts.” CNN Wire6 Nov. 2013. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. Poulus, Ryan. "How Illegal Immigrants Are Processed." cirblog.wordpress.com. CIR, 20 Mar. 2009. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. ProCon.org. “Illegal Immigration ProCon.org.” ProCon.org. 5 Nov. 2013. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. "Republican Group Says 9 Million to 50 million Illegal Aliens Live in the States." Politifact.com. Politifact, n.d. Web. 5 Dec. 2013. Staff, Legal Zoom. "Becoming American: Understanding Legal and Illegal Immigration." Legal Zoom . N.p., Mar. 2006. Web. 2 Dec. 2013. “United Stated -Border Control." Wikiepedia. Wiki Media, n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2013.

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