Immigration in America: Dream or Nightmare?
By: Mick McKenzie / Mick553
In the late 1800¶s and the early 1900¶s, many immigrants came to America from Europe lookingfor a better life than the life they were living in their home country. Once here, they willinglystood in long lines at Ellis Island in New York while being documented as they entered. Theyknew that in making this commitment to come to America, they were pledging to uphold thelaws of the United States, they were pledging to learn the language of their new home and theywere pledging to support their new country as their own. They came here filled with a pride sooverwhelming that, once ashore, many would actually get down on their hands and knees, thank God, and kiss the ground of their new home.As immigrants, they arrived with a great optimism for their future and a great hope of givingtheir children a new and better life. Once here, they did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into their new culture. They did everything in their power to overcomeadversities knowing things would not be easy. All they wanted was an opportunity to utilize their skills to make a better life for themselves and their families. All they wanted was an opportunityto succeed and knew that America would provide them with that chance. These proudimmigrants were thankful that they had been given the opportunity to achieve the AmericanDream.Sadly, the American dream of immigration has now turned into more of an American nightmarethan a dream. We are now dealing with a new kind of immigrant. We are now dealing withimmigrants who are not really immigrants at all, but illegal aliens. We are now dealing withimmigrants who have no respect for our laws, rules or customs. We are now dealing withimmigrants who expect to be treated as American citizens, rather than someone who broke our laws by entering this country illegally.Strangely, some come here with nothing and expect to be welcomed; some come here homelessand expect to be sheltered; some come here hungry and expect to be fed; some come here nakedand expect to be clothed; some come here sick and expect medical care; and then when theycome here and get caught, they expect to stay. This is not fair to those who have come to thiscountry legally and it is not fair to expect Americans to support them through the taxes we pay.This is not to say that most of the people who have entered this country illegally are not, for themost part, good hard working people because they probably are. It means if you entered thiscountry illegally, you are not really an immigrant at all. It means if you entered this countryillegally, you are not entitled to benefits that American citizens are entitled to. It means if youentered this country illegally, you will be arrested and sent back to your home country whencaught.