This set of stories were both very sad and hard to read. I had difficulties reading Elizabeth’s story and thought it was very brave of her to share her experiences with rape and being taken advantage of. I also admired Lorena’s story and perseverance in wanting to become a doctor. However, one particular story really spoke to me and made me realize how lucky I am to be a citizen of America, and how much I take for granted my job and my status here. El Mojado, an immigrant from Mexico, stated that “everything we do is a crime. You don’t have papers, it’s a crime. You buy fake papers, it’s a crime” (Orner 217). Unfortunately, this is completely true. He went through the trouble of crossing the border, getting and losing multiple jobs, and getting …show more content…
[We] have no rights here in the United States. I don’t have a right to anything. I know I’m nobody important” (Orner 212). This is the main argument of my journal – the rights immigrants don’t have, but need, in the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union says “there are 41 million immigrants in the United States,” and that “the United States spends $1.84 billion detaining immigrants” (Immigrants’ Rights). With this money, we could be fostering and helping said immigrants thrive in our country. Instead, we are selfish and unforgiving as a people. In recent news, an immigrant-rights group called “United We Stay” has proposed a new “Bill of Rights” for illegals. They ask for “health care, in-state tuition rates for college and a guarantee of citizenship in the long term” (Dinan). All they ask for is the same rights Americans have. If they are living and working in America, I believe they deserve the exact same rights. In the case of the immigrants in Orner’s book, they have worked long and hard, and have gone through unimaginable circumstances to get to where they are today – some in better situations and some in the same place where they started. The American Dream for these people aren’t real. I hate that we’re feeding immigrants the notion the if you come to our country, you will be treated as an equal and be given enough money to survive. This is a lie that is destroying homes,
In 1924 US congress passed the Johnson-Reed act. This act reduced the amount of immigrants coming to the US from any other country to a mere 2%. Many thought this act was unjust and consequently, “un-american”. One man, Robert H. Clancy, a Republican congressman from Detroit, stood up for those being oppressed by this act. Mr. Clancy states his points in the 1924 speech “An “Un-American Bill” through the use of diction, a myriad of anecdotes, and a motley of pathos.
Immigrants to America face possible danger and death, yet they are shunned. This is shown in the work of Barbara Kingsolver. The injustices the characters faced in the novel, which was set in the 80’s, are still prevalent today. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice
The validity of the perception that “the United States is a country made of immigrants” has been historically challenged by the government and those in power. In his book, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation, Ray Suarez provides a deep understanding of how the contributions and struggles by the Latinos in the past has shaped the present of this nation. To many “Americans,” Latinos are just new immigrants coming from their land in search of a better future. For those Latinos, however, leaving their countries, cultures, families and communities comprise the most significant sacrifice of their lives. As many other Latinos, my family migrated to the United States with the hope of a better future.
The United States is a nation of immigrants. In both colossal and small ways, immigrants have contributed to American culture, to its economic and physical growth, political power, and reputation of freedom and opportunity to the world. However, debates about illegal immigration have become more heated and contentious as some have argued that the 14th amendment should only grant citizenship to those children who have at least one legal immigrant parent. I, on the other hand, do not believe that the 14th amendment be interpreted in such a way that only the children of legal immigrants be granted citizenship due to multiple reasons.
My Antonia details the immigrant lifestyle of the West, in the vast prairies of Nebraska. The immigrant experience in the West is burdensome, as the Shimerdas are consistently undermined by greedy Anglo-Saxons in search of effortless profit. Despite their lack of funds, the Shimerdas are deceived into “paying twenty dollars for [an] old cookstove that ain’t worth ten” (Cather 14). Nevertheless, the Shimerdas continue to toil away despite their many financial hardships. The Shimerdas transitioned from living in a clay home “no better than a badger hole” in their first winter, to equipping themselves with a log house in the following spring (Cather 14, Cather 47).
Though many oppose, advocates declare anyone who enters in or resides in the United States has the privilege to share the same freedoms and rights (Taylor). The author Ken Taylor continues to explain that “citizenship is not a right that is given nor the privileges of citizenship to any immigrant whether legal or illegal until they have been established by the laws of naturalization as Americans.” The controversy is still undecided, supporters or illegal immigrants in the United States believe they should have the same
“Should American Citizenship Be a Birthright” is a debate about immigrants coming over and having kids to give them citizenship in the USA. Many immigrants have “anchor babies” so that they can live in the USA freely along with their newborn child. In this debate they discuss how many undocumented immigrants live here. Also, it is explained that if the country changes the 14th amendment it will not be right, because the USA is made up of immigrants. In Chavez, Linda’s article “The Case for Birthright Citizenship” it is explained how America’s citizenship policy is different than most countries.
Daniel, all United States inhabitants have basic rights. If they didn’t have the right of property, then the government could take whatever they want from the immigrants. Also I think your argument is one-sided, because it says that only newcomers may pose some danger. Take for example the Oklahoma City bombing. The two terrorists were Americans, who have lived in America their entire lives.
If I told you that to go on vacation you would have to try multi-able times and risk death to go on your vacation, but what if that vacation gave you a new beginning a new reason to work hard a reason to wake up in the morning would you still go. That's the question these immigrants these outsiders this is what they have to go through to come to our country, but yet we still don't want them to come to our country. These people are just like us human beings with the same body parts and interests, but yet we treat them like they are not excepted here that they are outcasts. We are all immigrants to the world to the United States and if we are welcomed why aren't they. They have to go through this struggle of life or death just to come here you
Immigration is deeply rooted in the American culture, yet it is still an issue that has the country divided. Marcelo and Carola Suarez-Orozco, in their essay, “How Immigrants Became ‘Other’” explore the topic of immigration. They argue that Americans view many immigrants as criminals entering America with the hopes of stealing jobs and taking over, but that this viewpoint is not true. They claim that immigrants give up a lot to even have a chance to come into America and will take whatever they can get when they come. The Suarez-Orozco’s support their argument using authority figures to gain credibility as well as exemplification through immigrant stories.
Lack of public records makes it difficult for the exact number of the black population living in Britain and the time of their residence to be traced, however black people have been recorded to be living in Britain as far back as the 12th century. Regardless of the exact size, the black population must have been big enough to cause Queen Elizabeth I to issue a public letter demanding the deportation of black people in England in 1596. Considering the fact that Queen Elizabeth was one of the most powerful and influential public figures at that time, her demand may have changed the way some English people viewed black people. Her letter could have very much encouraged a higher degree of prejudice and discrimination against black people in England.
“…No human being is illegal…” -Elie Wiesel. This quote is so accurate because no matter our race, we are all people who deserve to choose where we live without having to worry about being an illegal citizen. It is heartbreaking to see what immigrated families have to go through whether they are separated, mistreated, or being unable to be free to live their lives without the worry of being sent back. Like in the book “Enrique’s Journey” that is a true story, the main character Enrique had to face all the struggles of immigration in his country. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2013 438 immigrants were sent back to their country with over half of those immigrants being non-criminals!
Undocumented immigrants live with fear of deportation every day of their lives. Those with control of state institutions who do not consider undocumented immigrants as worthy American residents in our society, take advantage of their power by instilling fear of deportation. The restrictive federal and state laws towards migration in the U.S. has become a way to keep undocumented immigrants and their families living in the shadows. Arrocha (2013) claims that the paradox of the U.S. migration seems be that our free democratic republicanism is viewed as the land of freedom, equality, and justice. Yet, these undocumented immigrants aren’t treated equally or given the freedom to live in our society without intimidation.
American is known as the land of free it’s open to anyone who wants to make an honest and fair living. But unfortunately America has been taken advantage of. America has been taken advantage of by illegal immigrants. These and take resources that should not be available to them, in addition they also live here virtually free since they don’t pay anything. Illegal Immigrants should not be able to stay in America.
I am all for people moving to our country to seek out the American Dream, as long as they do so legally. When immigrants go through our channels and come into our country legally they too can become Americans as long as they are productive members of society and law abiding citizens. But when they come in illegally and begin working undocumented, then that is unfair for those who are working and have to pay taxes. We are the ones stuck paying for their healthcare and housing and insurance. Its honestly straining for many Americans.