Assimilation: The Reason Why Immigrants Have Been Advancing In the Past Years Have you noticed how assimilation is becoming a part of our society? All you have to do is walk down the street and you will see how immigrants are assimilating into our society. First of all, what does it mean to assimilate? Well, according the Merriam-Webster to assimilate to take in and utilize as nourishment: absorb into the system. When immigrants come to the United States, most of them come here in search of their own “American Dream.” However, it takes a long time of assimilation for an immigrant to reach their American Dream. Assimilation is one of many topics that can be seen in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Beneatha and George Murchisonis are both assimilationists, people who advocate a policy of assimilating differing racial or cultural groups. Assimilation has been a powerful tool for many immigrants on their long journey to their American Dream. Nonetheless, most of the people who oppose immigration are conservatives, who strongly believe that assimilation is not taking place right now and that instead most immigrants are only destroying our society. However, immigrants who have been living in the United States for a long time have been able to succeed at the “American Dream” through assimilation. According to the Center for American Progress, “Our nation’s latest immigrants are following in the footsteps of our ancestors, spreading out across the country to assimilate in communities large and small. There are now 14 states that have foreign-born populations greater than the national average share of 12.5 percent.” (Myers and Pitkin, 2010) The kinds of immigrants that are currently coming to the United States today are very similar to the first groups of immigrants that came to America, because they are expanding everywhere. This is clearly a sign of their advancement, because they are searching for resources in order to succeed in whatever aspect of live they want to improve. The Youngers families in “A Raisin in the Sun” are similar to immigrants, because their major goal was to buy a new house that was better than their old poor apartment, because they wanted to improve their social status. Fortunately, there were able to buy a house, and more importantly, in a white neighborhood. Also, buying the house was a reward for Mama for all the hard work and effort she put in in order to reach her dream. According to a San Antonio article, named “Report says assimilation working well”, “The rate of homeownership was one of the most telling indicators of assimilation, because it’s an entry into the middle class.” A great number of immigrants are becoming homeowners, which gives them some sense of accomplishment in their lives and it proves that they are working hard to flourish their dreams, just like Mama did. (Martin, 2010) “The energy that immigrants bring elevates the entire housing market. It’s a story of commitment to America.”(Martin, 2010) As a result, immigrants who have been living in the United States for a long period of time have been reaching their “American Dream” through assimilation. It is not a surprise that the rate of assimilation in education and occupation have increased among immigrant children. The studies done by Center for American Progress say that, “The college graduation rate among immigrants is also on the rise since 2000, demonstrating that immigrant children are able to pursue opportunities for educational advancement.”(Myers and Pitkin, 2010) Beneatha from “A Raisin in the Sun” was the only member of the family that got the chance to go to college and get a better education. Beneatha’s dream was to become a doctor so she could help people. However, during the 1940’s it was very rare to see a black women doctor. Clearly, Beneatha was going to have some obstacles along the way, but she was determined to go to college and make a difference in her life. “The study found children of Hispanic immigrants were more…
the population of the United States grew from 4 million to 106 million. About 1 million new immigrants —most of them European—had arrived each year, and by the 1920 census, the foreign-born comprised more than 13 percent of the U.S. population. Responding to public anxieties about this large influx of newcomers, Congress passed the Quota Act in 1921, which set a cap of 360,000 new immigrants per year. This act also established a nationalorigins preference that favoured immigrants from England, Scandinavia…
“We need immigration reform that will secure our borders, and… that finally brings the 12 million people who are here illegally out of the shadows... We must assert our values and reconcile our principles as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.”- Barack Obama, June 28, 2008
“America’s immigration system is outdated, unsuited to the needs of our economy and to the values of our country. We should not be content with laws that punish hard-working people and deny businesses willing workers…
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United States of America and immigrants
America is home to many immigrants from all over the world. However, majority of undocumented immigrants are uneducated and lack the standard skills needed. Therefore based on this knowledge, the U.S should open up its border to allow for more skilled and educated immigrants to benefit the country and its hard working citizens.
Immigrants founded the United States and this “melting pot” of ethnicities makes us…
America is a combination of the culture of thousands of immigrants who settle in the US annually. These immigrants have brought their culture to the US and in one way or another theyve made a change in the country, whether through economy, education, work, or the military force. Without immigrants America would a totally different country. In order to provide opportunities to immigrants those who were brought to the U.S to get better education and stable job that could provide a family…
Immigration / AB 540
By: Liz Angeles
Why did I choose this topic?
I chose this topic because most of my family members cause to the US as
mojados, which is another name for immigrants.
I also wanted to learn more about this topic and as well as AB 540.
This topic has influenced me most of the time because some of my cousins
who didn’t have any papers have succeded in life. They’ve became what
they’ve always wanted to be in life.
One of my cousins that wasn’t a US citizen , when she…
at one point in time America used to welcome immigrants and it wasn’t as complicated as it is today. There are many pros and cons to this topic. Immigrants got their health checked out when they reached the United States and now immigrants don’t have that privilege. As years went on the way immigrants were treated had changed.
Although there doesn't seem to be many pros for letting in more immigrants, we have to remember we all come from immigrants. What makes America so great is the diversity…
With of illegal immigration on the rise and violence on the border, both the Republicans and the Democrats are now beginning to take notice. Both political parties want to end the violence and stop the illegal entrance in to the United States, but they have different views on how to tackle the issue.
Republicans support immigrants coming to the United States legally and want them to help build America just as they have done in the past. But in a new…
considerable debate on the assimilation of immigrant children (Xie and Greenman 2005). Given the fact that children growing up in contemporary immigrant families will represent a crucial component of American society in the future (Zhou, 1997), the smooth assimilation of these children will benefit U.S. society as well as lower social costs. Children in immigrant families are defined as children under age 18 who were either themselves born in countries other than the United States or have at least one…
By the year 2050, Nearly 1 in 5 people living in The United States will be Immigrants. ( As predicted by scientist in the article “U.S Population Projections” by Pew Social Trends Staff.) Many people are starting to complain that Illegal Immigration is hurting the United States Population and Economy, but in reality, its not. People say that all immigrants just come here to take money from the U.S and send it back to their home countries, and when they get paid, they don’t pay…
country any time they would
like. Illegal immigration is a hotly debated area right this moment until we figure out
how to fix this issue it may never go away. There are a shocking 11.2 million
unauthorized illegal immigrants in 2012 and that number is increasing as we speak
Mexicans make up
about half of all unauthorized immigrants (52%), though their
numbers have been declining in recent years. There were 5.9 million Mexican
unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2012, down from 6.4 million…