Immigration Essay - Sayndia Sando CMP 120-G3 The Immigrant...

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Sayndia Sando CMP 120-G3 10/21/19 The Immigrant Experience In America The issue of immigration has been largely discussed in the United States. It dates back to the founding of the nation. There have always been two sides to this debate: those who support immigration and those who don’t. Many people made their opinions public through writing. Some such authors are Emma Lazarus and Joseph Bruchac. Lazarus wrote a timeless piece on the Statue of Liberty, and how it serves as a beacon of welcoming and hope to immigrants escaping hardships from their homelands. Bruchac similarly wrote a poem on the immigrant experience while coming through Ellis Island. His poem focused on the implications that had on the past inhabitants of the land and the current people of his time. Contrary to the first two, Thomas Bailey Aldrich’s poem, “The Unguarded Gates” harbors all of the negative fears and sentiments that plagues the hearts of some of the natives who were in the United States first, and feel possessive over the land. Aldrich spoke about the dangers of letting in all these strange people, and how immigrant hordes would eventually be America’s downfall. However, all three of these poems are tied together through a power account given by Jose Antonio Vargas in the New York Times titled, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant”. In this essay, Vargas speaks about why he immigrated to the United States, what he went through growing up in California and his contributions as a newspaper writer. Vargas’s experiences are a testament supporting, “The New Lazarus” and “Ellis Island” and serves to disprove, “The Unguarded Gates”.

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