Essay on A New Wave Of Nativism

1270 Words Apr 15th, 2016 6 Pages
A New Wave of Nativism

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” are a few of Emma Lazarus’ words that are forever inscribed on one of the nation’s most beloved monuments in New York City, the Statue of Liberty. This poem defines the nation for its longstanding relationship with refugees, yet, the issue has created controversy throughout the years, specifically during the recent presidential election. Many believe immigrants and refugees have no right to live in the United States while others yield completely different, polarized opinions. Personally, I believe that the United States should not enforce extreme restrictions on immigrants who desire freedom in the form of fleeing to this country. Those who oppose this claim believe immigrants will debilitate the economy, enter the country illegally, and potentially harm Americans. However, these individuals do not take into account how America was built in the first place, how to effectively strengthen the nation’s borders, and the factual data that proves the majority of immigrants do not threaten the safety of Americans.
First and foremost, the foundation of America was undoubtedly built by the hands of refugees when the Puritans fled England in an attempt to escape religious persecution by Queen Mary I. Ever since then, immigrants have contributed to every aspect of the nation from grueling acts of slavery that occurred until it was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment to establishing…

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