Embrace Immigration

Essay by spam92270High School, 11th gradeA, January 2006

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"To those who pit Americans against immigrants, citizens against non-citizens, to those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only... erode our national unity and diminish our resolve," said Ashcroft to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Americans derive their strength from their ability to adapt to the unfamiliar to become a thriving body whose constituents are all vital ingredients in one super-recipe. Our United States prides itself on its multi-faceted culture and, at least in theory, welcomes with open arms every new addition as an opportunity for another unique perspective, yet another innovative outlook. Lady Liberty, who stands triumphantly at our country's "entrance" says, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me..." Both Anna Quindlen's article and a myriad of other sources support the notion that immigrants, contrary to the "average-joe's" popular opinion, contribute immensely to our economy, do not pose any serious threat to national security, and behave in just the same manner as our forefathers did when they first arrived to this free, tolerant community.

Taxes, welfare, the improvement of foreign economy at U.S. expense, and unemployment are all cited as purely economic reasons that immigrants are a burden to our country. Anyone who tries to justify an argument against new peoples coming to our country with the foundation of one of these topics as an argument is simply feeding the public lies. "Immigrants DO pay taxes, in the form of income, property, sales, and taxes at the federal and state level... a range of field studies find that immigrants pay between $90 and $140 billion a year in taxes... undocumented immigrants pay income taxes as well, as evidenced by...