The Importance Of Immigrants In America

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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Thus reads the declaration written on the Statue of Liberty, and the first words numerous immigrants see as they enter the United States of America. Immigrants flock to America longing to become a citizen of the land of the free, to seek political and religious freedom, to escape oppression and poverty, and to better their own lives. Some citizens of the United States believe immigrants will never truly become an American since their vocabulary may not be up to par with the remainder of the country, or that immigrants just do not understand the American way of life. These citizens, however, forget just what qualities true Americans possess. When our founding fathers imagined America, they did not envision a nation based on visual aspects or language or any cultural differences; they envisioned an America that built itself on a way of life. In order to embrace the characteristics of an American, one must sacrifice, hope, and help others. Our ancestors desired happiness for their offspring, so they traveled thousands of miles across the ocean to relatively unexplored land in order for their children to live happily. This willingness to sacrifice for their children brought immediate gratification through the radiant smiles of their sons and daughters. Throughout time this

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