United States Of The American Dream

997 WordsNov 23, 20154 Pages
Countries like the United States of America (U.S.) or Canada are for some individuals a synonym of prosperity, opportunity and economic power. This situation has led Latin Americans to emigrate in search of the "American Dream", which means having the possibility of a higher quality of life for themselves and their families. Still, the majority of the immigrants choose the U.S. above other countries to achieve this dream, either for its location or reputation. However, the “American Dream” is not always accomplished through legal channels; instead, a significant number of individuals enter the country by crossing the border illegally or enter the country legally “with valid student, tourist, or temporary work visas but subsequently overstay the period of the visa or fall out of status” (Hilfinger, Mcewen & Clark, 2015, p.81). This situation has increased in recent years and is becoming an economic, political and social problem for the U.S. government. According to some statistics, “Seventy-six percent of undocumented immigrants are reported to be Hispanic” (Androff & Tavassoli, 2012, p. 165) where the Mexican undocumented population was estimated at 6.7 million in 2012, and the number of undocumented population from Central America was estimated at 1.6 million (Massey, Durand & Pren, 2014). Therefore, it is necessary to analyze the origins that are causing individuals to leave their countries and the effects of this. The causes of unauthorized migration in the U.S. can be
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