Immigration and Assimilation Throughout history, Americans have always been intimidated by immigrants. The idea of an immigrant coming to America and easily being able to get a job scared Americans. Americans feared that good jobs would be taken from hard working Americans and given to immigrants for less pay because they required less money to live on or were used to no wages or lower wages in their Country of origin. People would immigrate to America in search of a better life, and often times they could find homes and jobs that made them want to stay. A melting pot is described as being a mixing of different cultures into one universal culture.
In spite of this, what America actually celebrates is harshly debated. America likes to say that is prides it self on being “multiculturalists”, yet Mukherjee points out that even multiculturalism, “leads to a lack of respect for individual differences within each group.” (358) The idea of multiculturalism seems like a good idea, but this is rather not true since the idea of multiculturalism, “implies the existence of a central culture.” (Mukherjee 358) Much of the unjustified discrimination in America comes from people from other cultures not fitting into the “central culture” that the US seems to have adopted. This has led to an “us” vs. “them” mentality (Mukherjee 359) in America. Many people in America seem to rely on discrimination since they don’t like the idea of America’s culture changing. However like Mukherjee states America shouldn’t be afraid of the culture changing and instead should embrace that America’s culture is “constantly reforming.” (Mukherjee 359) I hope like the author that one there will be less discrimination towards immigrants.
Assimilating to a new culture isn 't always easy. Mexican and other third world immigrants are often accused of resisting assimilation. Patrick Buchanan is a strong believer that immigrants are harming the U.S economically and also culturally. He claims that immigrants threaten the American culture and that they are going to be
America is a country of immigrants. People from all over the world come to the US in search of a better life. America is the melting pot of countless different types of people who all bring their unique cultures and beliefs. The United States prides itself on being diverse and accepting of other ideas, yet Americans are still hostile to immigrants. Amnesties and immigration reform has been a long heated discussion in the United States.
However, immigration brings numerous problems that far out way the good it brings. Immigration limits job openings, endangers the lives of others, and takes away money from the government. America today is a prospering nation and many want to experience the so called “American Dream”. But to become a citizen is a hard task, one that many would like to bypass. Hence, many try to get into America through ill means, crossing the border that separates America and Mexico illegally.
Mexicans jogging seeks to highlight the various issues that immigrant and Mexican Americans are faced with. America is indeed such a diverse society, perhaps the most diverse society in the world. But have Americans fully embraced their diversity? This is an important question that has been raised in many debates seeking to address the issue of societal diversity among Americans. The reason why this issue has managed to raise a lot of debates is the fact that there are still incidences of discrimination whereby members of the society who are not considered part and parcel of the mainstream American society have been treated differently by those who consider themselves mainstream Americans.
Some of the most common myths are immigrantstaking American Jobs, not contributing towards the success of the country and abusing the welfare system. Regardlessto countless research that seems to prove an undeniable need for immigrants, people have seemingly adopted this hate and lack of sympathy for ... ... middle of paper ... ...d to be and neither is the world. Maybe if there was some kind of regulation the idea would be plausible, however the idea of anyone coming in and leaving the country at any timeseems like a sign for trouble. Also, I truly fear that our country is simply not economically stable to welcome insuch a large amount of people at an uncontrolled rate. The United States of America would not be where it is today if it wasn’t for the immigrants who founded this country and those who worked hard to make their American Dream come true.
Nativists had many fears and concerns regarding immigrants. These concerns included being socially ill-suited to live with the older stock Americans, stealing jobs from the native work force, and bringing new, radical ideas to the country. These fears and concerns caused nativists to come up with schemes to keep immigrants out of the country. These strategies had a great impact on immigration in our country. Nativists had many concerns regarding immigrants.
America Needs More Immigrants America is sometimes referred to as a "nation of immigrants" because of our largely open-door policy toward accepting foreigners pursuing their vision of the American Dream. Recently, there has been a clamor by some politicians and citizens toward creating a predominantly closed-door policy on immigration, arguing that immigrants "threaten" American life by creating unemployment by taking jobs from American workers, using much-needed social services, and encroaching on the "American way of life." While these arguments may seem valid to many, they are almost overwhelmingly false, and more than likely confused with the subject of illegal immigration. In fact, immigrants actually enhance American life by creating, not taking jobs, bolster social service funds through tax payments, and bring valuable technical knowledge and skills to our country. If we are to continue to excel as a nation, the traditionalists who fear an encroachment of foreign-born Americans must learn to accept that we achieved our greatness as a result of being "a nation of immigrants."
We still persevered, but at the end of the day we are not comfortable. We were always looking over our shoulder with fear that immigration is after us, it is such a horrible feeling that I wouldn't wish it on anyone not even on an enemy. Finally American society is built on the backs of immigrants. These undocumented people deserve recognition, for the fact that this country is known as a melting pot of all sorts of different cultures. Everyone is affected by immigration, we just have to be more accepting.