Immigrant Policies in America

Immigration in modern day America is just as strong as it was when America was formed. Initiations by the American government such as the green card lottery are a means of attracting fresh faces to this already diverse country. The immigration debate is one of the biggest in America. Some native-born Americans forget that their ancestors were once immigrants and tend to harbor hostility towards new immigrants while others are more accepting. It is obvious that Americans have mixed feelings about immigration but many do not realize that immigrants also share mixed feelings about starting a new life in America.
Modern day America is often referred to as a melting pot in which many different nations and people blend together to form a unique culture. Although this picture of America seems ideal, it is far from realistic. Immigrants who leave their home countries in order to come to America are sometimes left feeling out of place and confused. Immigrants are not sure how to balance their old culture with the new American culture. For example, Muslim immigrants who wear the traditional hajib often feel as though they are discriminated against thus are forced to conceal their true identity this leads them to "refrain from participating in practices or adopting dress that would make them appear different from the average citizen" (Smith).On a more positive note, as immigrants begin to live in America for a longer period, they are able to establish their own cultural identities and balance their two worlds. America does not discourage cultural diversity but embraces it. For example, the American education system has Spanish incorporated into its curriculum and bilingualism in the workplace is becoming a much sought after skill. There are numerous multi-cultural festivals in America, which aim to promote understanding between cultures.
Immigrants have their own places of worship such as Mosques, temples, and community clubs in which they can socialize with other members who are sharing similar experiences. As time passes immigrants, do not isolate themselves from American life but become more involved. They are no longer lost tourists but real Americans who want to be involved in every aspect of American life, "Many are moving from a phase of dissociation from mainstream American life to much more active participation in political and social arenas" (Smith).
Recent studies have found that the number of post-secondary degree presented to minorities has dramatically increased from 1991 to 2000. Degrees awarded to Hispanics and Asian Americans doubled while degree awarded to Indian Americans increased by 77%. All groups showed a large increase in the attainment of Masters Degrees and a slight increase in doctorate degrees. This increase is a clear indication that children of immigrants are working hard to close the educational and economic gaps between them and native-born Americans (American Council on Education, 2002).
Although conditions are slowly improving, factors such as the language barrier and employment opportunities prevent new immigrants from enjoying the same privileges and benefits as those born in America. Unskilled workers who immigrate to America in hopes of finding a better life are often left disappointed. America does not have a huge shortage

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