Immigration Speech : A Nation Of Immigrants

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On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama stated, in his immigration speech, “My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants.” This has been and still is one of America’s fundamental ideals. Immigrants have helped sustain America and have contributed their entire lives to the benefit of our nation. They have come to play a large role in the American economy and we must help them overcome the barrier that prevents many of them from contributing to the United States. In order to allow immigrants to achieve their full potential, we, as a nation, must provide services for immigrants who cannot read or understand English, increase security along America’s borders, and stop wasting resources on deporting harmless undocumented workers. Since many immigrants from third-world countries don’t receive a proper education, they often don’t have the opportunity to learn English. These people come to America seeking better education and more opportunities for their children. However, in order to receive these benefits for their children, they must first become U.S. Citizens. A major requirement to become a Citizen is the ability to read, write, and speak basic English, but many immigrants did not receive the education they needed to properly accomplish this. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, “about four-in-ten [Latin American and Caribbean immigrants] say the primary reason for not naturalizing is either personal or administrative barriers . . . Among those
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