The Melting Pot of Opportunity

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The United States is sometimes referred to as “melting pot”, “land of opportunity” and “The land of Free”. These are names that acknowledge the fact that the nation is made up of a wide variety of peoples from different parts of the world. These names in many ways symbolize a chance of “new beginnings” to some people who wish to come to America. Immigration is generally recognized as an economic benefit, despite claims that foreign workers take jobs from citizens and resident aliens. Our text tells us that “numerous studies have been conducted and suggest that overall wages for citizens’ increase when migrant workers fill jobs that others are not qualified to perform or those jobs that others simply choose not to do. Nations tend to welcome outsiders who bring a benefit to the society and economy. There is “approximately 100 million people that live outside of their home country worldwide” (Nowak & Laird, 2010). Illegal crossing of the Mexican American border poses several problems for the United States. Those who are entering the country illegally sometimes enter the United States with false identities and false documents. Others enter the United States pregnant in hopes to have their child in America so their unborn child will be an American citizen. Many immigrants enter the country just to smuggle in illegal drugs and some enter in order to escape the crime in their country. Whatever their reasons are for coming to America, we have to use the utilitarianism theory to handle this situation. “People migrate for economic reasons as well as sociopolitical and religious reasons” (Nowak & Laird, 2010). We cannot provide a safe haven or a security blanket for everyone, but we can pass laws that will produce a more favorable outcome... ... middle of paper ... ...mselves, but also stricter rules for those who have criminal records and continue to be a nuisance. Whatever their reasons are for coming to America, we have to use the utilitarianism theory to handle this situation. We cannot provide a safe haven or a security blanket for everyone, but we can pass laws that will produce a more favorable outcome for everyone. References 1. Crapo, R. H. (2013). Cultural Anthropology. (Ashford University) San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education. 2. US Department of Homeland Security http://www.ice.gov/ 3. Johnson, K. R., & Trujillo, B. (2011). Immigration law and the US-Mexico border. Retrieved from http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu 4. Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project http://www.pewhispanic.org/ 5. Nowak, B. & Laird, P. (2010) Cultural Anthropology. (Ashford University) San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.
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