Illegal Immigration: The American Dream

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Joe Reich 12/15/10 Teacher Subject The American dream is a concept that varies from person to person based on what they want out of coming to this country. America was founded on freedom and independence in 1776 when we won the revolutionary war. Back in this simple time all of the colonists wanted were to be free and be able to have rule over themselves. If the outcome of the war was in favor of England the American dream as we know and understand it would not exist today. The two main components that make up this great country are freedom and opportunity. “For the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The last line of the national anthem is a good way to sum up what America is all about. In other countries people are not free…show more content…
The IRS is doing everything in its power to send these immigrants back to the countries that they belong to because these immigrants are taking jobs away from Americans and are adding to the population. Mexico is the country that most of these illegal immigrants come from because they are without money or work and they cannot take being poor and the way that the government rules their lives. Many Mexicans come to America in hopes to be able to work for a decent salary and be able to support their families. The American dream in their eyes is to just have this opportunity. Most of these immigrants are taking full advantage of this opportunity by doing the jobs that most Americans don’t want to do. I personally don’t see the problem with immigration like this because that’s the way that this country was formed. They do not call America the melting pot for no…show more content…
They just wanted to be treated as equals with the white people. African-Americans, although free, were still treated very poorly. In the 1960’s bathrooms, schools, restaurants, and even water fountains were segregated and had signs saying “whites only” and “blacks only.” The places that the blacks were allowed to go were of the poorest conditions and even though they weren’t property of the white people any more they still had to do what they say or end up in jail. The African-American dream was to get equality of all races and live in harmony together without prejudice and racism. Martin Luther king, an activist who was trying to help the movement for equality gave his famous I had a dream speech and this sparked a revolution and even though Mr. King was shot and killed by some white dude who hated blacks. The African-American dream was now a reality of everyday life. Even though Martin Luther king is not alive to see what he had helped accomplish, he played a very big part in helping out his fellow people.
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