Immigrants and the American Dream Essay

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Ronald Regan describes America as, “…a place in the divine scheme that was set aside as a promised land” (“Loosing the American Dream”). Do Regan’s words have any truth to them? How can America be a promised land when immigrants are still fighting for the chance to pursue the American Dream and social acceptance? Immigrants have different motives for coming to America some may seek citizenship for political freedoms that they once did not have due to uprising civil wars in their native country. Others may come for social freedoms that they were not awarded in their home country due to sexual orientation. Others may come for economic freedoms that allows them to go from rags to riches. No matter the reason, immigrants risk everything for a …show more content…
However, this is how many Americans view immigrants.
The Cocoa-Cola commercial was very eye opening to many Americans. Which is the idea that Coca-Cola had with the controversy ad. Katie Bayne, president of Coca-Cola North American, in the release of the commercial at the Sochi Olympics comments, “We hope the ad gets people talking and thinking about what it means to be proud to be American” (qtd. In Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad). Oh, was she right the ad did get people talking, but probably not in the way she hoped for. Yes, people reacted. The reactions of Americans can be easily categorized into two. There were the shocked Americans that could not believe that an extremely diverse country such as America could ever publish a diverse commercial and then there were the Americans that were shocked that other Americans bashed the commercial for its diversity. Despite the controversy behind the Coca-Cola commercial, Americans say they believe differently that immigrants are accepted and welcomed with open arms, but I beg to differ. A poll by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, showed, “ …both immigrants and non-immigrants believe that the United States is a country made

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