The Effects Of Immigration On The United States

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The number of immigrants, legal or illegal, living in the United States has fluctuated over the years, but it does not hide the fact that the American Dream still acts as a beacon to foreigners. People believe coming to America is the key to a better life. With the overflow of our new neighbors, we transform from a single society into a mixture of several cultures. Immigration is causing America to become a tossed salad society (a society in which ethnic and racial groups maintain separate identities, with no dominant culture) which Americans should acknowledge, because it is our own unyielding nature that deprives us of a symbiotic melting pot . Living in border states such as Texas, Arizona, or California may give the illusion or appear as though the overflow of immigrants has converted these few states into a melting pot society, and actually without a doubt, is has. However, picking three states out of fifty is not equitable, because we are looking at America as a whole. States such as Ohio and New York still have predominantly defined cultures which have a rich history, and some natives have even essentially claimed these areas as their own and are not yet ready to share. A strong reason why America will never entirely become a melting pot is because we are a state “driven not by enthusiasm but by caution[...]” (376) as author John J. Savant proclaims in his article “Imagining the Immigrant: Why Legality Must Give Way to Humanity”(374). Savant makes a statement
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