Essay on America Is A Nation Of Immigrants

1277 Words Mar 12th, 2016 6 Pages
"We didn’t raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world, we did it with her light shining as a beacon to the world. And whether we were Irish or Italians or Germans crossing the Atlantic, or Japanese or Chinese crossing the Pacific; whether we crossed the Rio Grande or flew here from all over the world — generations of immigrants have made this country into what it is. It’s what makes us special” (Barack Obama). America is a country founded, built, and sustained by immigrants. The origins of the natural born citizens of this country have roots extending to every corner of the earth. However, albeit America is a nation of immigrants, the nation 's immigration laws have fueled debates, arguing whether they are in need of reformation; and whether immigrants have the right to be protected under American law. In the past years, there have been issues around immigrants entering the country illegally as well as families who seek asylum. People have been labeling them as criminals and burdens to the American population. Some Americans have a seemingly xenophobically skewed perspective while others might possess a perspective of understanding. Immigration laws are in need of reformation, in order to take into account the rights of immigrants. America needs not to unnecessarily detain immigrant families, criminalize immigrants, and blame them for the “burden” that is placed on Americans.

In the name of protecting the country from outside threats, the American government…

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