2 June 2017
Throughout the United States, as a society, we have experienced the issue of
immigration. The issue of immigration has brought forth a significant amount of controversy.
I believe that the negative impact that immigrants bring into our country revolve around drug
trafficking, overcrowding. Immigrants cause an impact in our society politically,
economically, and culturally. Thus, people immigrate for many reasons, some of which
include economic or political reasons, family reunification, natural disasters, or the desire to
change one's surroundings. Although many people argue that immigration has led to negative
outcomes, I do believe immigrants should be given the right to a path to citizenship.
Throughout society, many immigrants try to chase the American Dream. As a result,
some chase it with illegal documents and other are in the United States by sneaking in.
However, knowing immigrants are here illegally can be misread under any circumstances but
it leads to the justification that all immigrants who are trying to chase the “American Dream”
and live in the United States as a legal citizen show that any immigrants perseverance and
will to be someone and add success to the United States is astonishing. In the New York
Times article, “My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant”, Jose Antonio Vargas was an
illegal immigrant. Throughout the story, he discussed how his grandparents counterfeited all
of his document later to find out he was undocumented. Therefore, during his stay in the
United States, his was put in a position that affected the way he lived. He lived with an
immense amount of fear and his ability to be happy was unknown. Vargas was tired of
running so by the end of the article he decides to come forward, own up to what he had done
and told his story to the best of his recollection. He said, “The license is valid until 2016. This
offered me five more years of acceptable identification — but also five more years of fear, of
lying to people I respect and institutions that trusted me, of running away from who I am. I’m
done running. I’m exhausted. I don’t want that life anymore (Vargas).” This is important
because even though Vargas was tired of running and getting only a certain amount of time
acceptable identification he had extensive hope in his will that one day he would not have to
run anymore. He truly wanted to reach out to other people who were in his position who were
trying to become successful and chase the American Dream.
The Meaning of U.S. Citizenship by the LA Times stated, “America is often known
as a nation of immigrants.” This is important because there are many immigrants who flee to
the United states to seek more wealth and better job opportunities. Moreover, I believe
immigration makes a more innovative, flexible, and productive economy, leading to new and
better jobs for all people. In contrast, many people would argue that...