America The Land Of The Somewhat Free

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  Where would you be if immigration had been completely stopped in the United States due to the quota acts? Speaking for myself I would be in Jaworzno, a small town in Poland, and I would be living with my family in a small cramped apartment that my parents have owned. I would be speaking only Polish and I would be attending a college like school. It is hard to imagine a life outside of what we already have and if it were not for the open arms of the United States we would all be living lives that we could not imagine living. The fact is that many people that come to the United States as immigrants come here because they need to take refuge because where they were living before there was political injustice and other types of oppression to the people. How can we all first, second, third, fourth generations of immigrants deny these people the right to come to our multicultural nation to be safe and reside here until they one day will become legal citizens. I belive that the United States of America should always remain a multicultural nation so that anyone and everyone can come and be safe and live a better life than they previously could. Two main reasons for this are, first, it is hypocritical that a nation that was founded by immigrants would later on prevent new immigrants from coming into the nation they had created. Second, trying to persuade the country to become one nation with one culture and language is the exact opposite of what the United States of America has been since the Declaration of Independence was created.
  
  First off ,The United States of America was not started by the original inhabitants of
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the land. The first settlers where immigrants that had left Great Britain because of the religious freedom they would have on the new land. The people that come to America do not come because they want to ruin the economy and take advantage of the government and people here they come here fro safety. As Perez-Zeeb say’s “ many of the Central and South American countries these people are fleeing have been historically terrorized by U.S supported regimes”(516). In this case the U.S government is part of the reason why people are fleeing from their homelands to America because it is safer form them to be away from the terror. Some Americans think that because immigrants come into the U.S they will take all the jobs away from Americans, bring drugs into the country, abuse public aid, and that there will be too many people but those are just assumptions. The worst of these assumptions is that it will bring in terrorism. The only way to fix these assumptions is “to reexamine our founding principles”(Hornberger 528) and this will help lead Americans back to the right path. Thomas Jefferson made a great point in his inaugural address that there should be, “Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political”(570). Everyone should have the same treatment no matter what the deferences there are...

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