Essay on Latin American Immigration and the U.S. Immagration Policy

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Immigration has always been a contentious issue in the United States. Benjamin Franklin thought that the influx in German immigration would flush out the predominately British culture in America at the time. (5) Furthermore, a continual wave of foreign cultures began pouring into the American metropolitan areas at the turn of the 20th century. The migration of Italians, Poles, and Jews across the Atlantic Ocean began a mass assimilation of cultural ideology and customs into the United States, yet many people thought that these migrants could not adapt. Today, the American society has become a melting pot of foreign influence; however, many cynics remain skeptical about the incorporation of Latin American people and their influences.…show more content…
In 1996, Clinton signed the Welfare Reform Act, which reassessed the distribution of government aid, and among other things, denied many legal immigrants SSI and food stamps. One pending problem of this bill is the serious impact of the lack of government money for the children of legal immigrants. (1) Without this aid, many Spanish immigrants will not have the chance to become educated, and therefore decrease the possibility of obtaining a good job in this country.

Unfortunately, welfare reform is a very difficult issue that faces this country, as is immigration. The political and social implications of welfare reform have yet to become organized in a way that benefits the maximum number of people with the littlest drain on our nation's economy. In 1980, the U.S. Census Bureau concluded that non-native immigrant households received 8.8 percent of government welfare, while about 7.9 percent of native American households received the same type of aid. (3) The difference between these two statistics proves that a there is no valid argument against the so called "drain" or "consumption" of U.S. government aid by immigrants. Although this does conclude that immigrant families do receive more federal funding, the infinitesimal amount of .9 percent difference is scarcely enough evidence to establish this prejudice against foreign cultures. More importantly, the distributions of

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