Essay about Poverty and the American Dream

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Poverty and the American Dream
Research Paper Final Draft
Jeffery White
English 101
Section 7
December 20,2012

The American Dream has driven many people for a long time. The dream has been presented in Hollywood movies showing a family or person striving to succeed in America. When the dream is mentioned it is done so as a powerful symbol inspiring a whole nation of immigrants. However, the “Dream” is misleading because it implies there is only one rather than many. Moreover, there are many perceptions of the American Dream and its fulfillment depends on culture, age and citizenship. This misperception of the American Dream has led to the downfall of many immigrants who came in search or pursuit of the American dream. For example
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A reform can be defined as a change in something. In 1900’s there was an overwhelming amount of immigrants entering the United States. So the reform was set in place to regulate and/or control the amount of immigrants that are entering the Untied States. The immigration reform and/or Control act legalized aliens who had resided in the United States in an unlawful status in the 1980’s. It established sanctions prohibiting employers from hiring, recruiting, are referring for a fee aliens know to be unauthorized to work in Untied States. Moreover, it “created a new classification of temporary agricultural worker and provided for the legalization of certain such workers. Separate legislation stipulated that the status of immigrants who’s legal status. This was based on a marriage. The marriage must be conditional for two years and the immigrant must apply for permanent status within 90 days after their second anniversary (Martin, 2011).” Some immigrants came to the United States searching for better living. When coming to America they had to leave there loved ones behind, and was only able to take two out of their three children. In order to take care of their children they must find a job but were unable to because of their illegal status in the United States. The job opportunities are scarce for illegal immigrants. Most immigrants find themselves in the construction field. People found out they can

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