Essay on The Immigration Of The United States

902 Words Nov 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Despite the stereotypes surrounding immigrants in the United States, most immigrants do not come to the United States with the purpose of “stealing” others’ jobs. In fact, many immigrants come to the United States to escape impoverished and violence-ridden countries, often seeking economic opportunity and asylum. For instance, some Latin American countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are among the poorest countries in the world, with 30%, 26% and 17% of the respective populations living on less than $2 per day. Thus, migrating to the United States, despite the associated risks, is a better option for most than the alternative. In addition, these same countries have some of the highest crime rates in the world. Honduras, for instance, is known as the murder capital of the world, with homicide rates in 2012 as high as 90 per 100,000 inhabitants, and El Salvador has little to envy, with homicide rates of 70 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011. In 2014, these two factors had a huge influence on the immigration, when the number of children apprehended at the border nearly doubled from 2013, an event deemed “an urgent humanitarian situation” by President Obama. Moreover, the immigrants that come to the United States are, for the most part, good people trying to escape difficult situations. Many simply desire better opportunities, which many find in the form of education. Moreover, the United States benefits greatly from the achievements made by immigrants. In 2011,…

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