Myth Of Americ The Land Of Opportunity Essay

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Myth of America: The Land of Opportunity
America is viewed by many people around the world as the land of opportunity. For immigrants, America is a place where anyone can succeed, live prosperously and have freedom; a place where anyone can make their dreams come true. America the land where one can have freedom of religion, freedom of speech, political autonomy, etc. Every day there is talk of America’s illegal immigration problem; people are dying to come here, figuratively and sometimes literally. These stories of immigrants coming to the US, looking for opportunities they don’t have in their countries, have been told by politicians and the media for a long time. However, people never hear about the hardships some of these immigrants endure once they arrive here or their disappointment when they realize America is not as they imagined. There is also the opposite side of immigration we do not hear about, because it does not align with the political narrative of America being the land of opportunity. There have been instances in history where migration was forced, like the African slaves, for example. This false narrative of America being a place where dreams come true for everyone is fueled by false rhetoric and revisionist history. For many people in this country, America as the land of opportunity is a myth.
People have migrated to America for centuries, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, open immigration was encouraged by Americans, until certain states…

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