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The question is have we given up on turning our immigrants into Americans (Brimelow 30).

Undoubtedly, all the hipped-up controversial rhetoric will deter the immigrant population from

becoming legal. It has become such a hassle to go through the process that many people choose to

cross the border without permission. Before 1960, eighty percent of the immigration to America

came from Europe. Since 1960, however, eighty percent has come from places other than Europe

(Wishard 153). As a result, immigrant laws have become less accepting of the immigrant

community. Long ago, European immigrants were given a job, shelter, and food. Soon, the new

immigrants were granted citizenship and voting privileges (Hernandez A1). Today, immigrants are

lucky to cross the boarder without being shot--God forbid they become citizens.

Contrary to what many believe, many immigrants are not here to become citizens. Many wish to

stay for a short time and then return to their home.

In fact, many immigrants are reluctant to become

legal. Many harbor hopes and dreams of eventually returning to their friends and family back home.

Then there are the distinct few who do not wish to decide, and would like have 'dual citizenship.'

To be loyal to more than one country, to vote in both countries, and to travel back and forth easily


To understand the affects of immigration one must study the state where it is more rampant.

California is a magnet for immigrants. As a result, many claim that immigrants are a great economic

burden. California does, however, benefit from its porous borders. The succession of immigrant

groups has brought the state unparalleled ethnic diversity (Gerston 9). Besides ethnic diversity,

California has one of the most diverse economies in the world. Despite its problems, California...