IMMIGRANTS AND THE UNITED STATES
The Americans now are concerning about migration as well as the nation’s economy. The concern is whether the immigrants will contribute to the prosperity of the America society or they just create more problems and difficulties for our society. People also worry about the budget that the nation has to provide for new immigrants. Do we, as a nation of immigrants, still have the capacity to absorb newcomers? Historian David Kennedy in his article “Can We Still Afford to Be a Nation of Immigrants?” discusses about immigration in the United States, and he states that we still have the capacity to absorb new immigrants. The author supports his idea successfully by using historical evidences from history of immigration and evidences from recent studies.
In the introductory of his article Kennedy writes about a new source of immigrants that comes to the America in the nineteenth century. Those immigrants come from the nine none European countries called “the third world or less developed countries.” He then compares the America’s population growth with the Latin America’s population growth, and he says that our population growth still 4 times less than the Latin America’s population growth. He also says that the America now still has a very small number of immigrant, he says: “I mentioned their relatively small numbers in the American population,” and “we still have a lot of absorptive capacity” to accept new wave of immigrants. He says that the percentage of foreign born person now only half of those in 1910 in which our nation was not well develop as we are now. So we can see that as our economy becomes more developed, we still have more capacity to absorb new arrivals.
Kennedy also emphasize the important of the variety group of immigration and their contributions to the American cultural aspect. He says “we are in the presence of something for which we as a country have very little historical precedent.” He compares the Mexican immigration with the European immigration to the United States, and he says those Mexican immigration now are “very heavily composed of immigration from a single, culturally unified, linguistically homogeneous source.”...