Who wouldn’t want to live the American dream? In distant lands, many people dream that one day they will live a better life. For countries other than the United States of America, many struggle with their everyday routines due to poverty, health, and fear.America, over the years, has become so diverse with people from all over the world looking to expand their opportunities and ensure their family will have more than they had growing up.
America is home to many immigrants, being that it is known as the “land of opportunities.”
I would like to start my journey to write about the immigrants and newcomers to United States and how they have settled and became members of an existing social group or create their own local and traditional groups or communities. This lead to such ambition, and a passion for more in life then to just settle. Many immigrants have burst from many different countries, people with different traditions and religions as well as for different reasons.
Immigration is a major problem facing the U.S. today. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants flock to this country every year. Some legally, others illegally. Some are escaping from religious and political oppression while others come to seek out the “American Dream”. Either way they are causing nationwide problems. Non-English speaking workers take jobs away from American people because they will work for cheaper wages. Illegal immigrants receive welfare and health care and the money to fund this comes straight from us, the citizens of the United States. Some limitations have to be put on the number of immigrants allowed each year and much stricter border patrols must be installed. Harsher punishments and frequent checks are necessary to keep corporations from hiring illegal aliens. We need to do something about this problem before its too late.
The number of legal immigrants should definitely be lowered to a much more reasonable number. Right now, an average of over 600,000 legal immigrants are granted access to the country. I believe this number should be cut in half. We need to focus on problems facing American citizens, such as poverty, AIDS, cancer, and unemployment. We don’t need 300,000 more people to deal with, we have enough problems with the currents population.
I don’t think certain ethnic groups should be give preference over another group but I think educated workers who can speak English should be granted passage before a poor worker who is coming over here to pick lettuce for minimum wage. The educated people are the immigrants that will cause this country to flourish and they are the ones that should be encouraged to migrate to the U.S.
With some many problems facing the U.S. now, we need to worry about ourselves and try to get ourselves on track before we can worry about saving the world. If we can get our economy going and take care of poverty in our cities, then we can begin to help out the countries of the world. I’m not saying that we should completely cut them off, the poorer places should receive some financial aid, but the majority of our problems lie inside our borders and those are the ones we should be most concerned about.
Illegal immigrants are sucking up hardworking American taxpayer’s money. They are gaining benefits like welfare, public education and health care and the money that funds those benefits comes straight from our wallets. These people are not taxpayers and our not helping to deal with American problems.
One of the main reasons that we have such a problem with illegal immigrants is because companies continue to hire them. The U.S. government needs to crack down on these companies to make sure that they are not putting these people to work. After watching news clippings on how easy it is to “sneak” across the border, its no wonder we have so many illegal aliens living in the U.S. It is not the fault of the border patrol guards, but the fault of the U.S. government for one, not having a enough help, and two, not enough barriers. People can basically walk over the U.S./Mexican border without being seen or caught. If they are caught, they usually return the next day.
Another privilege that should be taken away from illegal aliens is automatic citizenship for children born in the U.S. If the kids are not citizens then they will not be eligible to attend our already overcrowded public schools and further discourage people from coming over.
People take sneaking over the border as a joke. They can laugh about being caught because nothing can be done and since there are so few guards there is little risk of getting caught. By increasing border guards, cracking down on phony passports and pleas for political asylum in our airports we can stop illegal immigrants from coming over and receiving benefits that they do not deserve. Once we have that problem taken care of we can work on setting up fair legal immigration policies.
I was a newcomer twice first to Israel in 1992 and then to United States in 1993.As a refugees coming from Russia we were totaly unaware, unprepared and unable to even speak the language. We found a place to live to work and study.Learned the language and acquired all the rules and policies and customs that we lived in, learned how to communicate well with landlord,neighbors,as well as teachers and employees.We became an equal individuals and citizens of the state of Israel and were trying to be able to fit in to the society.We resocialized in the new country, found new friends and learned new way of living.
in 1993 i transitioned to United States and it all started all over again. I learned english slightly before coming in, but the majority of speaking and reading i had to acquire here in United States.Immigrants have been coming to the United States since its founding and have shaped the way this country is today. Some immigrants pursue the legal route – getting a visa in order to work for the status of a citizen while others illegally enter the country and risk being detained and deported. Immigrants help boost our country economically and culturally.
It may seem that immigrants act as threats, however it is proven that they improve our economic energy. Immigrants can offer a comparative advantage in the United States. Immigrants act as an advantage to our businesses because hiring immigrants for low-wage jobs help keep many other jobs in the United States and still allows for consumer items to be cheap. Even if we do not realize it, there are occurrences of economic benefits that happen all of the time because of immigrants. As immigrants stay in the U.S. and progress their lives, it connects us to the rest of the world making doing business.
Sociologists look at migration as a social phenomenon. Their research is focused not on individual immigrants but on immigrant populations and their characteristics, because the characteristics of immigrant flows and immigrant populations are essential for understanding migration processes and the reaction to these processes from the receiving societies. The volume of the migration flown in its society,from all over the world represent immigration as a social phenomenon.
Because migration is such a ubiquitous phenomenon it has occurred and still occurs under very different circumstances. The world counts to date millions and millions of people who have migrated out of their own free will or as compelled by ethnic background , civil wars or natural disasters. The receiving societies differ fundamentally in nature and stability.
The most important historical development impinging on migration processes has been the rise of the modern state, at least in the western world. Government by the people for the people implied a distinction between citizens and non-citizens. With the rise of the state as the dominant social institution state borders have become the main impediments for migration flows. The aim of these regulations is to select immigrants who are expected to contribute to society and to prevent immigrants, who are expected to become a burden, to settle in the country. In all states migration control has become a political issue and studies around the regulation of migration and the links to other aspects of social traditions, and interaction definitions and interests show a kaleidoscope of situations even within the category of welfare states.
The migration process does not end with the entry of immigrants in the receiving society. The relation between immigrant and host society has been, a main theme in the sociology of migration, especially in the USA. Immigrants became on one hand Americanized, but on the other hand changed American society by introducing new religions, customs and lifestyles.
Immigration policy specifies the laws allow person to move permanently to other countries and become a citizen or to enter and stay for some time without the right to apply for citizenship. In developed countries,immigrants do voluntary work and occupation-based and family-based migration and possible granting refugees status.Immigration policy not only involves the admission of immigrants, but also to coordinate labor needs with the control of migrant flows, affect international policies that might alleviate the need for some migration, and integrate newcomers into the socioeconomic fabric of the destination society. Immigration can be for non-immigrants, such as those who cross borders to travel, conduct business, work temporarily, visit, or study.