Immigration : The Values Of Immigration To America

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Astrid Silva’s parents brought her to America when she was four-years-old. Her father worked as a landscaper while her mother cleaned people’s homes, and she learned English by reading newspapers and watching PBS so that she could keep up with her peers. Although she is undocumented, she took advantage of the wonderful academic opportunities offered to her and completed three college degrees.
“Welcome to the capitalist system,” Alex Alvarez, a Cuban American, warned future immigrants. “Each one of you is responsible for the money you have in your pocket. The Government is not responsible for whether you eat, or whether you’re poor or rich. The Government does not guarantee you a job or a house. You’ve come to a rich and powerful country, but it is up to you whether or not you continue living like you did in Cuba” (Huntington, pg. 75). These powerful words express how America approaches immigration in his experience. We do not welcome others by helping them thrive on our soil, we promise them a life of “liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but refuse to accept that they cannot accomplish that on their own no matter how many hours they put in.
We often argue whether immigration is beneficial to the U.S., but it is also important to understand the immigrants’ side of the story. Astrid and Alex each have a different experience that is legitimate and deserves to be heard. The positive and negative effects of immigrations can be explored through former President Obama’s 2014
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