Argument for Increasing American Immigration Essay example

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Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

This inscription, which is found on the Statue of Liberty, greeted years of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island to America. It describes the idealized view of the United States as a nation of immigrants, where anyone can achieve the American dream. However, does this accurately describe our immigration policy today? Our current policy is better described by this version, written by Chris Willey (Willey et al.):

Give me your athletes, your scientists, Your artists, writers, and actors,
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Basically, this says that no refugee may be forced to return to a country of persecution; however, no United Nations regulation specifies that another country must take the refugee in. This leaves the poor, equally unstable bordering countries to host millions of refugees. Over 80% of the world's 15 million refugees are living in the less developed countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. (Singer 249)

Resettlement is the only solution for those who cannot return to their own countries in the foreseeable future and are only welcome temporarily in the country to which they have fled; in other words for those who have nowhere to go. There are millions who would choose this option if there were countries that would take them. For these refuges, resettlement may mean the difference between life and death. It certainly is their only hope for a decent existence. (Singer 252)

The United States does admit some refugees who were forced to leave their native lands because of persecution. However, "[i]t has become common to distinguish ‘genuine refugees' from ‘economic refugees' and to claim that the latter should receive no assistance" (Singer 250). Article 14 of the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights states that "everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution." We allow people fleeing for their lives from politically unstable
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