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Rusted Gold: A Decline In Global Power And Prestige

2191 words - 9 pages

America is a country founded by immigrants and forefathers who set foot on Plymouth Rock as immigrants to this new world. Today, America is a melting pot of different religions, cultures, and people. For centuries, America has been standing as a beacon for people seeking new opportunities, a golden door. Although America is known for its prestigious reputation as the land of opportunities and freedom it is straying away from that reputation because of restrictive immigration laws and stereotypes.
Ellis Island, a place of immense contentment or great disappointment, has been symbolic of America's immigrant heritage. It is the “golden door”, the place that has stirred hope in the hearts and minds of the soon to be documented. At this site, immigrants were once required to undergo several vigorous exams - both physical and mental, testing whether or not they were capable enough of becoming an American citizen. As time progressed, the process has changed dramatically. With new laws set in place, their future can no longer be determined in minutes, rather months to even years in some cases.
Migrants often chose to travel the far distances in hope of a new destiny. They want to escape the recurring problems such as famine, poverty, political unrest and religious persecution in their countries. America, to immigrants, is seen as the Promised Land, the place where employment opportunities are vast and productivity is quite overwhelming. So where exactly does the problem lie?
As Americans, we have immense ability to create labels and push away what is different. As immigrants, struggling with language barriers, they too have to suffer from becoming victims of exploitative employers as well as finding living arrangements. The economy is depressed, social unrest is visible, and the gap between haves and have-nots are obvious. Although some argue that immigrants take full advantage, even more than they should have of opportunities here in America, it does not change what the decision makers say.
In 2010, Arizona state immigration laws got the whole nation in uproar. Some say the controversial law left much up to interpretation. Others believe the law has no business being in effect due to the racism and discrimination that many believe the bill will lead to. Legislators and senators like Russell Pearce (who originally drafted the bill) say the bill is a way to lower the amount of illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border into Arizona. The bills sole purpose is to keep Arizona safe from illegal aliens and forcing them to become citizens the “correct” way.
        The infamous law states that, “A law enforcement officer, without a warrant, may arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe that the person has committed any public offense that makes the person removable from the United States”( S. 1070). Racial profiling was one of the many objections to the bill. Officers being able to stop, detain and possibly harass you if you are...

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