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Immigration: The endless American Issue. Just as the newcomers of the former time assimilated into American culture, so are immigrants expected to do it in todays world.

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Daniela Insignares Rojas Professor Frank McPherson U.S. History 17 February 2010 Immigration: The endless American Issue It has been the mix of all different cultures from around the world that has made this nation great since its inception. The United States is a nation of immigrants and whether we are descendants or immigrants ourselves, we all have our immigration stories...I have my own. Regardless our nationalities and no matter how or why we came, immigrants go through pretty much the same experience when we decide to live in a foreign country. Leaving one's homeland, family and friends is the main downside. To immigrate, no matter where, means a change of lifestyle, culture and environment. Its impact is no less when it is a decision made on the spur of the moment, or in my case, after years of contemplation. In order to function well in another country, immigrants have to be willing to integrate into their adopted nation's daily life. The biggest adjustment of all is to learn another language. I believe the key to success in the host country, lies in the ability to assimilate its culture successfully, bearing in mind that assimilation does not mean to forget or deny our roots and origins. ...read more.

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Everyone wants a piece of the American cake and the popular belief that this country is the land of opportunity, makes of United States an appealing destiny for immigrants; nevertheless their influx must be regulated, and the borders play a leading part in this aspect. Steven A. Camarota said that "most Americans understand that our border is a critical tool for protecting America's national interests" (9). These are important for the country not only to restrict the huge flow of illegal immigrants, but also in the defense of national security, keeping possible threats from international terrorists out of the country, and in the fight against the smuggling of illegal drugs. As stated by Mark Krikorian "even in a purely economic sense, the idea of open borders is a pernicious one". The thought of dropping borders in United States is utopian. It could be only possible in a world equal in opportunities for everyone, whose societies would have political and economic stability, in this way people would not rush into this nation, leaving their home homelands in search of a better future. After what happened on the 9/11, the government is not willing to take the risk of repeating its tragic history. ...read more.

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century who helped build the canal that made it easier to America to travel and trade and the Chinese immigrants who helped strengthen America's infrastructure by constructing railroads in the west" (Egendorf 19). As long as people around the world keep thinking that the grass looks greener on the other side, and see the prospect of better life in America, and as long as American economy needs new infusions of cheap labor, immigration will continue. Each wave of newcomers will assimilate the country's culture, but without losing its uniqueness and contributing at the same time to the rich blend of the country's evolving diversity. The United States is a composite that has been built up over the years from the contributions of many groups, and future immigration will undoubtedly continue to play a significant role in American history. CITED WORK LIST Egendorf K. Laura ed. Immigration. Michigan: Greenhaven Press, 2006. Print. Introduction. By Laura K. Egendorf. 17-19. Burke, Johnny. "Multiculturalism Benefits America." Egendorf. 58. Camarota A. Steve. "Federal Immigration Controls Fail to Protect America's Borders" Protecting America's Border. Ed. Stinson Douglass. Michigan: Greenhaven Press, 2005, p.9 Krikorian, Mark. "Borders are the line between 'us' and 'them'". BBC News, 13 April 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/3512992.stm ?? ?? ?? ?? Insignares 1 ...read more.

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