Pursuit of My Dream: Illegal Immigration to the United States

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In our modern society, all countries have fused with other cultures through immigration, but the United States is undoubtedly the top leader, with 45.8 million immigrants of which 26% are illegally residing in this country. From 1942 to 1964 the United States and Mexico signed an agreement that allowed millions of Mexicans to come to the United States to work for a certain period of time. They focused mainly on agricultural labor. This was the Bracero Program and it surged on the idea that World War II would bring labor shortages to low paying agricultural jobs in the United States. In desperate need for work, braceros were willing to take the most backbreaking jobs, but some of the agreements of this program were not met as expected. Then the use of braceros and undocumented workers caused farm wages to drop and many braceros just didn’t return to their home country. Immigrants once had open doors to come to this country because they were needed and, as this event shows, many immigrants became part of this culture and helped this country to become the prosperous nation it now is. The Bracero Program represents how the vision of coming to America in search of a new life became an appealing idea to the people who had few resources and didn’t have a stable economic position. Since then, immigrants that find themselves in that economic situation tend to look for the American Dream. Of course immigrants have been coming to America for long before the program, but since it happened, immigrants have a more clear idea and a much bigger incentive of seeking this opportunity. Since the Bracero Program was done between the U.S. and Mexico, it essentially encouraged people from Mexico to migrate to the U.S., that is why the Mexican immigr... ... middle of paper ... ...illegal immigration. Some of these laws, like fortifying the borders, have had a negative impact on immigration rates because now, illegal immigrants who are in the U.S. don’t go back to their country as often because they know it will be harder to get back. Works Cited E.M. Hess, Alexander and C. Frohlich, Thomas. “Countries With The Most Immigrants: 24/7 Wall St.” Accessed May 7th, 2014 http://247wallst.com/specialreport/2013/09/25/countries-with-the-most-immigrants/3/ Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. “U.S. Relations with Mexico: Bilateral Economic Relations.” Accessed May 9, 2014. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35749.htm Germano, Roy. “How do people immigrate illegally?” Accessed April 7, 2014 http://roygermano.com/2011/08/09/how-do-people-immigrate-illegally/ Metzger Karmiol, Sheri. Illegal Immigration. Christine Nasso, 2007. Print. Ibid, 11
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