Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Land of the Free?

     America is known to be "the land of the free." People have always come to America to start a new life and to create new opportunities that were not previously available. In the heat of the presidential election, the issue of immigration has been a pressing matter. Republican candidates take a more anti immigration stance on the issue. Donald Trump in particular believes that a wall should be built between the United States and Mexico. Americans should not be denying people new opportunities and better lives. Instead, we should work to help immigrants create a striving life for themselves here in the land of the free.
     Many immigrants are unfairly deported and separated from their families. One of the first things that should be done about immigration is to bring back these separated families. People are looking for jobs and success when they come to America, and a lot of times they do these things so that they can support their families. We need to foster the American value of family unity. We cannot live in the land of the free until families are united to live together and support one another.
     While it is important that America continue to uphold its values of being the land of new opportunities, it is still important that we are regulating who is coming to our country. We should reform the visa policy in order to extend our parameters for immigrants. It is important that everyone who does not pose a threat to our national security be allowed to start a new life for themselves. If the regulations are changed for who is allowed to be issued a visa, it will allow many workers to come out of the shadows can become legal immigrants. In the long run, this will benefit the American economy.
      If we do this, we will allow millions of legal immigrants to be able to come out of the shadows and fully start a new life. America cannot be a close off country. We note to open our arms to people who are oppressed in their homes, and allow them to come to American to form a new life for themselves. It needs to be made easier for people to do this because this is what our country is all about. It does not make sense for America to close off its borders to innocent people who are coming to our opportunistic country.


  1. I think you did a great job on formulating your argument because it was very clear and easy to relate to. Your argument also provided nuance, which allowed for a more sophisticated and formal discussion.

  2. I agree with your argument. I think many of the presidential candidates have been too extreme on their anti-immigrant ideas. There are many immigrants who come to the U.S. to better the lives of themselves and their families. Many immigrants come from third-world, impoverished countries where there are not many opportunities. I also agree that there should be a system of regulating people who are coming to the U.S.

  3. That's a great point. We often look at this from the perspective of policymakers, but rarely from the perspective of those whose voices are never heard since they legally don't exist. Clearly the current system needs reform, and I agree that shutting out as many immigrants as possible is foolish, so I think the greatest concern is how much we can relax our immigration policy while still maintaining national security. I guess we're still looking for the sweetspot.