The City Of Los Angeles Essay

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Los Angeles is a city with a large population which consists of a substantial number of immigrants. A wide range of immigrants from around the world have settled in Los Angeles making it one of the most diverse cities in this country. Many citizens of Los Angeles have strong arguments on whether or not an immigration reform is beneficial or if it is going to harm the city and its residents. The topic of immigration is of great importance because it is an issue that Los Angeles has experience for several of years and will continue in many more to come if action is not taken. Any changes made in regards to immigration are going to affect people in Los Angeles one way or another regardless of the perspective they might sustain about the subject because money and the community are involved in case of any modification. The city of Los Angeles is no stranger to the issue of immigration, which requires a solution through the process of an immigration reform to enforce constitutional value through the process of establishment of citizenship and amnesty. Immigration reforms will develop a political policy that is going to improve, modify and change our current immigration policy. It is essential and beneficial for the city of Los Angeles to obtain an immigration reform which will benefit families by offering broader, equal and fair opportunities as it will provide the city with economic growth.
There is an estimated count of “about 1 million unauthorized immigrants in Los Angeles” (Capp and Fortuny) out of a population of nine million reside in the city (US Census Bureau). Immigrants from all over the world move to Los Angeles because of the wide opportunities the city provides through the numerous schools and various employment occupations. In the novel Tropic of Orange by Karen Tei Yamashita we are introduce to Bobby Ngu’s and his story which subsidizes the reason to immigrate. Ngu from Singapore experienced some tough times back home with his family and his father tells him, “you gotta have a future? Better go to America. Better start out something new. For the family…you start a future all new” (Yamashita, 17) and when he comes to American he goes to Los Angeles. All the people arriving to the city contribute to the diverse cultures we are exposed to which allow us to learn from their art, music, food and style. Immigrants contribute to our economy by means of their expenses for their essential needs in Los Angeles businesses. Various business owners or employees benefit from these people through low wages and employing them to occupations that American citizens do not apply for employment. These contributions by immigrants are profits that benefit the city which are taken pleasure in and also have influence on the reputation of Los Angeles as a diverse, entertaining and tourist city. They impact the city greatly in many different ways but; these people are not being provided with the same rights and opportunities and protection as everyone else. As...

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