What promise does America hold to countless immigrants and refugees who venture into this great nation by way of train, airplane, and ship each and every year? Obviously America must offer some major improvements in living conditions that the foreign immigrants and refugees were missing back home, but why do they really choose to come to America. If the simplest answer a person gave was to realize the “American Dream” then they would be only partially correct in the sense that “The American Dream” is simple to envision, but much more difficult in achieving.
Almost any 6th grade student can provide the basic definition of the “American Dream” being free from oppression and being able to elect officials without intimidation. Some immigrants and refugees might even agree in that statement because it’s the shortest explanation in their decision to leave their homeland in the search of a better future. Just because it’s easy to explain doesn’t mean it’s simple to follow through with. A lot of U.S citizens can simply say that the “American Dream” has become a standard for anyone who wishes to come into America, but they’re not the ones who are sacrificing so much in search of a better journey in life.
I think that the “American Dream” is easier to be said than be achieved. Many immigrants risk life and death in the journey to freedom in the U.S. The Irish are one particular type of immigrant that had to face the difficult choice of staying in their famished country with inadequate supplies of nutritional potatoes, or journey into the unknown wondrous land of America. Deciding to leave your homeland in a matter of days is not a typical obstacle a lot of people in America ever feel, and even more impacting leaving behind generations of family history and culture for survival is never satisfying no matter how much rewarding the results are. The “American Dream” is freedom and the right to be individualistic to many people who come to America, but it’s also one of the biggest sacrifices that can ever be made to most individuals.
I can personally relate to the “American Dream” as my family and I were immigrants who decided to come to America in...