Ch.18: Becoming an Urban Industrial Society, 1880-1890
October 31, 2008 12:49 PM
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September 15, 2008
The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reading “give me your tired, your poor; your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” does not
follow from the immigration policy of the United States. The immigration policy in the U.S., as described in the Urban Institute’s article
provided, has been developed “to admit the immigrants who add to the US economy and society and making it very difficult to accept or
by case basis, which is proving to be impossible since there is such an extensive group. This problem is one of the reasons why the
immigration issue has become such controversial and heated topic.
America has been founded upon immigrants and their strive for new opportunity; however they have never been welcomed with open arms
or open borders. The immigration issue has long been controversial and debated since the beginning of our great country. Immigrants have
long been attributed as the scapegoat for many problems. In particular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Jewish and Catholic Americans
were discriminated against, including in employment opportunities, buying homes in certain neighborhoods, and other areas (Berkin, Cherny,
American today in a more subtle way. Unfortunately, immigrants have always been expected to assimilate rapidly to the so-called American
way. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many immigrants didn’t assimilate and they held on to their traditions from their original country.
This was the first spark, which continues today, from “old-stock” Americans who insist that immigrants settle in by adopting American ways
of life and culture. Many of these old-stock Americans only saw immigrants clutching to their traditions and previous culture, which they saw
that “Americans are a separate and unique people” but in actuality we are a diverse people with many and differing traditions, only operating
under the same economy and government (Buchanan 402).
Buchanan holds the viewpoint that the United States will be safer if immigration is limited, but I agree with Jacoby in that this is just one
factor in the economic and social security of our country. Buchanan draws upon some of the most commonly discussed topics when arguing
against open immigration, mostly outlining that immigrants are a strain rather than help for our country. Free schooling, healthcare and
housing benefits, the use natural resources and taking jobs from citizens are all examples of Buchanan’s reasoning (Buchanan 399). These