Analysis: The Melting Pot

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The Melting Pot
“The Melting Pot” – the United States nickname, yet we are constantly shunning and shaming those that enter the country as immigrants. Native-born individuals scrutinize the immigrants for stealing the jobs, lowering the wages, and every other negative outcome of the economy. Americans generalize the face of immigrants as either Mexican or Asian; however, the United States receives immigrants from several other places as well. As a matter of fact, immigrants account for a large part of our population. They “accounted for 13 percent of the total 316 million U.S. residents” (Zong & Batalova). It does not seem along the lines of much, but is approximately “41.3 million immigrants” (Zong & Batalova). One of the United States
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Culturally immigrants have different views on particular topics than Americans, especially marriage and children. In a study conducted in 2013, only 46.3% of Americans are married while 64.7% of immigrants are married, yet Americans are over 5% higher with the divorce rate (“State Demographics Data – MI”). This statistic says something in regards to the difference between American and immigrants culture; even though the immigrants seem to marry much more, they seem more committed to making their marriages work than Americans considering the significant difference in the divorce rate. This may be due to the immigrant’s culture; in some cultures, divorce is not considered an option, while in America, it seems almost normal. When it comes to children, there is a large difference between Americans and immigrants. Immigrants normally only have children on the occasion of being married, while Americans are not as careful. When it comes to married, foreign-born Americans, 82.9% gave birth, while only 17.1% of unmarried foreign-born Americans. On the other hand, 55.3% of married native-born Americans gave birth and 44.7% of unmarried native-born Americans also gave birth (“State Demographics Data – MI”). This is a significant gap between the two groups; it shows the difference in cultures. Immigrants’ view having a child in wedlock is more shameful than Americans view it. Besides the wedlock, immigrants tend to have larger families. The average household size for an immigrant in 2013 was 3.09, while it was only 2.48 for an American (“State Demographics Data – MI”). Although the numbers seem close, they are significantly different. Immigrants are used to, in their culture, having large families, while Americans have a tendency to have smaller families. Although the cultures between immigrants and Americans are different when it comes to family, the

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