The United States : A Land Of Freedom And Equal Opportunity Essay

1653 Words Jul 25th, 2016 7 Pages
The United States is the world’s leading country with diverse culture and ethnic groups, and is considered as a land of freedom and equal opportunity. In the other words, people expect to be treated just like everyone else and to have the ability to practice their basic human rights without any obstruction in this country. This concept refers to ‘social justice’. People from all over the world come to America holding on to the chance to live the American Dream, assuming that this equal opportunity will be applied to them as well. According to an article written by Zong and Natalova (2016), 13.3 percent of the U.S. population are immigrated and this rate has been continuously rising since 1970. Child immigrants under age 18 are accounted for an even higher number: 25 percent of the U.S. children population. Most of them moved to the U.S. with their parents, however, increasing number of unaccompanied children crossing the borders without their parents are reported as well (Hennesy-Fiske, 2014). These illegal children immigrants have become a controversial public health issue, especially in terms of health disparities. A health disparity defined by Healthy People 2020 (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [ODPHP], n.d.) is “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage.” Since they had different health care system in their home country and varied vaccinated status, some people believe that…

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