Immigration has been one of the hottest topics in the United States for a very long time. Immigration is described as the movement of non – native peoples in order to settle there and make a new life. The idea of immigration has been around for thousand of years, even the cavemen “immigrated” to follow their food source. Fast-forward a few thousand years and this idea is still extremely prevalent today. Many people move from one country in order to better their lives and follow a new food source, so to speak.
There are many reasons why immigrants come to the United States. One of the main reasons they migrate is in seek of a better opportunity at success. As for that, I mean to have a better future for their family and give their
“I do not believe that many American citizens . . . really wanted to create such immense human suffering . . . in the name of battling illegal immigration” (Carr 70). For hundreds of years, there has been illegal immigration starting from slavery, voluntary taking others from different countries to work in different parts of the world, to one of the most popular- Mexican immigration to the United States. Mexican immigration has been said to be one of the most common immigration acts in the world. Although the high demand to keep immigrants away from crossing the border, Mexicans that have immigrated to the U.S have made an impact on the American culture because of their self sacrifices on the aspiration to cross over. Then conditions
which opened in 1892 could process up to 5,000 people a day. On some days
Immigration has been a topic of debate for many years. A question asked often is, “Who got to the United States first?” Discoveries made by various anthropologists of human remains over the past few decades provide evidence that long before Ellis Island opened its doors to welcome those seeking political and religious freedom as well as the "adventurer, the wanderer, the persecuted, the fortune seekers, and others" America was mixed with ethnic and cultural groups. The history of United States immigration spans a long period of migration of many different peoples from various parts of the world. The United States of America experienced extreme waves of immigration during the colonial era, the first part of the 19th century and from the 1880s to 1920. Immigration was caused by people coming to America seeking greater economic opportunity, while some, such as the Pilgrims in the early 1600s, arrived in search of religious freedom. From the 17th to 19th centuries, hundreds of thousands of African slaves came to America against their will. The first significant federal legislation restricting immigration was the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Individual states regulated immigration prior to the 1892 opening of Ellis Island, the country’s first federal immigration station. New laws in 1965 ended the quota system that favored European immigrants, and today, the majority of the country’s immigrants hail from Asia and Latin America.
Most Americans place their pride in being apart of a country where a man can start at the bottom and work his way to the top. We also stress the fact that we are “all created equal” with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” (Jefferson 45) During the early 1900s white Americans picked and chose who they saw fit to live in America and become an American. “Those that separate the desirable from the undesirable citizen or neighbor are individual rather than race.”
America is a country that has an unspoken immigration policy, and that is based entirely upon race. This policy has been in effect since we began racial classifications. In J.L. Hochschild’s paper titled “Racial Reorganization and the United States Census 1850-1930 Mulattoes, Half Breeds, Mixed Parentage, Hindoos, and the Mexican Race. Studies in American Political Development.” The reorganization of races was rooted in who is and who isn’t white. What we honestly know is that being white carries a cache and that has never changed. It’s like having a backstage pass to the greatest rock concert ever performed. Everybody you tell wishes they were there too. Within that frame work a determination of whom would be included and who would be excluded would have to be made. Did Native Americans have the ability to assimilate, would Mexicans be included in the Jim Crow laws, and whether all Asians should be excluded from entering the country were questions white people would determine. (J. L. Hochschild 1) And, these questions would form the basis of each groups place on America’s racial totem pole. The focus of Professor Hochschild’s paper is that the Census Bureau is deeply implicated in the social construct of race, and precious little has changed in all that time.
Many people in America want to assimilate to the U.S. because they think that being American is a better option. People such as the Italians in the 1870s tried to assimilate in order to become an American to not become an enemy in the U.S. Also, the Mexicans today are constantly coming to the U.S. to have a better life because they know being American is the best solution for their problems at home. What assimilation mean is when a person leaves one’s own culture to join a different culture the person wants to be. For the purpose of this essay, an American is a person who has commitment to succeed in what one wants, able to speak english, to love the pop culture in the U.S. at the time one is living such as the hit songs, games, T.V. shows, etc. but not to other cultures, and be a citizen in America. People throughout history must assimilate to become a true American
Space and place both intimately affect social, economic, and political processes. These processes are most visible in the localized neighborhood level of analysis. This is because neighborhoods are the most personal level of collective analysis. People tend to adapt and grow in relation to the geographical space they live in. In the article “The Impact of Metropolitan Residential Segregation on the Employment Chances of Blacks and Whites in the United States” Niki Dickerson Von Lockette stated, “neighborhoods function as a developmental contact and shape outcomes both directly and indirectly” (Pg. 258). And one of group of people that is most affected by these neighborhood developmental processes are immigrants. Immigrant assimilation is closely tied to geographic location, as it not only depends on the economic and the political but also on the social. Using Cubans as my case study, this paper aims at articulating how and if n...
Growing up, I found myself always trying to meet my parent’s expectations. It has never really become clear to me as to why I must meet these expectations until recent events. My parents immigrated to America from the Philippines before me and my brothers were born. Because my parents had me and my sibling’s right after coming to America, they never had the opportunity to go to school in order to achieve a better career. As a result, they were obligated to work at lower paying jobs to support our family. After watching the movie “The Debut,” I found myself relating to the main character; searching for a place in America as a Filipino American.
“We are all immigrants. Our only difference is that some of us arrived earlier and some of us later” a great quote from Ruiz (1997). From the 1930’s to the 1970’s most people that immigrated here were from Europe, it is only recently that people from Mexico began immigrating here (Christie, 1998). The only difference is, when people were emigrating here from Europe, they already had high income and educational levels (1998). People that are emigrating here now from Mexico have trouble keeping the economy up (1998). Economists Beverly Fox Kellam and Lucinda Vargas (1998) wrote in a recent report for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, “U.S. immigrants, on average, earn less that native workers, and the deficit has been growing-mainly because the gap in education and skills has been widening.” However, that does not stop many Mexican immigrants from coming to the U.S. in hopes of find a good job. Moreover, people of Mexico put their lives on the line every day to reach the other side of a 2,000-mile international boundary (azcentral, 2001). They see it as the U.S.-Mexico border as separating the haves from the have-nots” (2001). People that live in Mexico view the U.S. as full of wealth, hope, and economic vitality (2001). They know that the jobs in the U.S. have higher wages and more job openings, even if they are undocumented (2001). It is said that in a years time, more than a million people will get caught trying to sneak illegally into the U.S., most of them seeking work with higher pay than Mexico (Dennis, 2001). Unfortunately, more than 1,100 people have died since 1997 trying to reach this land of opportunity (2001). With all this said, my paper will focus on an illegal immigran...
It was early July of 1992, just four days right after the United States Independence Day, my arrival to the “land of opportunities” was a mixture of excitements and worries. After fifteen long years of not seeing my family, I was reunited with them and the long wait was finally over. After three days and two long nights of traveling, the plane finally arrived to the Los Angeles airport; I was feeling so nervous but at the same time, I was very happy to see them. As I approached the arrival station, I immediately saw my family and I started running towards them and gave each other warm, big, and very tight hugs. Warm tears started pouring down both my cheeks without me realizing that this was even happening. Suddenly,
Immigrants leave their countries in search for a better life and improvement of their situation. There is no singular reason for immigration; motivations range from better economic prospects to political safety. As of late, the number of immigrants living in the United States is an estimated 11 million. Those who immigrate are expected to contribute to the United States culturally, politically, and economically. Yet, full assimilation becomes difficult to achieve when the immigrant is made into “the other” by the country of reception.
The United States is a country known for its variation of nationalities and ethnic races. After extensive research, and questioning I discovered that my ancestors originated from Norway and Switzerland. My family migrated to the United States in the late 1800’s from Norway due to social, economic, and religion reforms as well as, a surplus in the population. Learning of my ancestor’s migration to America has very much influenced my views on the existing immigration problems that the U.S. currently faces.