Is Immigration a Negative Effect on the United States?

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Is Immigration a Negative Effect on the United States?

When someone from another country thinks of the United States of America they usually think of the land of opportunity or the home or the free. Millions and millions of immigrants for over four centuries have been coming to the United States and how made this country what it is today (Martin, par. 19). Every year more and more of them came to America with the intention of making new lives and finding new jobs for themselves here in the United States. With immigration growing here in the United States there has become a big change to the form of the American population, just as they have done all throughout the history of the United States (Gelfand and Yee, par. 1). As more and more people of different races and cultures enter the United States and the culture of this country changes, immigration becomes a more intensely debated issue.

With the United States becoming more populated ever year, this country is still welcoming in immigrants. The United States estimates that around one million immigrants are entering the country each year (Martin, par. 6). The people of Mexico were welcomed into America in the early 1900's when the United States built a railway into Mexico. When the United States and Mexico first build a rail system to connect the two countries there was a demand for labor and this lead to the first flow of Mexican immigrants into the United States (Massey 5). Mexican immigrants are still the highest number of immigrants that are entering the United States each year (Massey 13). Many Americans who are considered less-skilled now earn less money and have fewer job opportunities because they must now compete with immigrants in the job market (Martin, par. 10). With...