Mexican Immigration Analysis

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Mexican Immigrants and American Society America has a reputation for being known as “the land or the free” or “the great melting pot” which insinuates that this country is the land of opportunity, and we accept all immigrants with open arms. Although, that may have been the case when foreigners passed through Ellis Island; times have changed and the open arms of immigration have not been available to all of foreign decent in present times. In the case of Mexican immigration, Samuel P. Huntington, a professor from Harvard, writes about the negative effects that foreigners give our country in his article, The Special Case of Mexican Immigration. The important issue conveyed from his article is that if immigration—specifically Mexican—continues,…show more content…
He views this problem as a threat to America and states that the continued migration of Mexican immigrants “looms as a unique and disturbing challenge” (Huntington). Utilizing a negative tone of voice insinuates a biased point of view that creates a predisposed negative image about all Mexican immigrants both legal and illegal. Furthermore, Huntington disputes that Mexican immigration, nationally and culturally, harms our country’s…show more content…
In the past, immigrants have come to this county through Ellis Island or an airport, but our current migratory group comes from south of our borders. Huntington states that our relationship with Mexican immigrants is unique due to our country’s geographical location and economic differences. The U.S. News states that “sociologists and others have [proven that] Mexican immigrants are assimilating to life in the United States less successfully than other immigrants” (Schulte). Furthermore, because the United States is a first world country that neighbors a third world country, Mexican citizens have an easier access to the U.S. than other immigrants do. Bringing over not only their bodies but also their economic instability, they make it difficult for other immigrants to naturalize in our country. Therefore, certain individuals like Mr. Huntington are made to believe that economic prosperity is necessary for
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