Immigration To America Essay

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In recent years, Immigration has become one of a plethora of hot topics during political races. Politicians, like many Americans, see our great nation as a prize only of the deserving. The United States symbolize the land of the free. Even before the signing of the Declaration of Independent in 1776, immigrants flocked to the United States of America in search of their three fundamental rights endowed in the Preamble – “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Everyone, including people who immigrated to the United States illegally, should have an equal opportunity to attain these inalienable rights. When it comes to education, the United States is lacking. America is ranked 14th for education (Pearson). In a society where education is…show more content…
First was the finding by Amerigo Vespucci then the rediscovery of “new land” by Christopher Columbus and the eventual colonization of America by the pilgrims in the early 1600s. However, there is one glaring issue with this timeline: there were already civilizations living on the land. Native Americans had inhabited Northern and Southern America via a land bridge 15 thousand years prior to the arrival of Columbus (Science Daily). For thousands of years, Navajo, Sioux, and other Native tribes moved freely around their territory with few major conflicts. To the Native Americans, the colonists are the ones who trespassed. With their 20th century diseases, the colonists were able to suppress greatly or kill off many of the tribes. During this time, people thought it was okay what they had done to the Natives but over time this mindset changed. Americans started to feel guilty for how America’s forefathers had treated an important part of this country’s history that grants and other programs were set up to support them. Shouldn 't Illegal immigrants be given the same grace, given to the colonist? Just as America repaid her debt to the Native Americans, Illegal immigrants should be given the opportunity to repay their debt to America by giving back. Although many people see Illegals as trespassers, one cannot we were once trespassers

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