We are Important
I am the daughter of two immigrants, my mom and my dad. Many articles illustrate how immigration affects our economy and our community. Immigrants come to the United States to live a better and healthier lives. They come here for opportunities, they are hardworking and do everything possible to help their families. In Oakland, the Fruitvale community, is a predominantly immigrant community and through interviews I learned more about the immigrant perspective. How does immigration affect our community a lot? It affects us a lot because immigrants make up a large part of the United States’s economy and have created families here who have children who have been raised in US schools and are our future.
To begin, without us, immigrants, our workforce would suffer because immigrants are hard workers in our community. When I went to Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, I interviewed a community member, Francisco Javier, on how immigration affects us. He said, “The reason immigration affects everybody because if you don’t have immigrants here, then none of us are here. Whos going to drive the buses whos going to work, whos going to clean houses, whos going to clean the streets? (Javier). As Javier explains without us, there would be nothing. Immigrants work really hard. Some of their jobs pay them very little and they still make the most out of it. In an article called, “How America’s Immigrant Workforce is Changing” by Octavio Blanco talks about the immigrant workforce in the U.S. changes over time. Blanco says, Today, there are 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. About 8 million of those immigrants are working” (Blanco).This shows that 11 million immigrants make up a large part of the U.S. economy and 8 million of them are working. Which shows that we have a lot of hard working immigrants in the United States. In the same article, Blanco also says, “As a result, Mexicans have represented the largest number of undocumented workers in the U.S. for the past 20 years” (Blanco). For a 20 years we have represented hard working people in the U.S., this supports that we have made up a large and hard working part of the United States.
Secondly, immigrants have created homes, lives, and families here and deserve the opportunities they have worked hard for. In an article called, “8 DACA Statistics That Show How Vital Dreamers Are To American Society” by Mehreen Kasana talks about ways DACA has helped undocumented youth. Kasana says, “According to the United States’ Citizenship and Immigration Services, almost 800,000 undocumented youths have been helped by the DACA program” (Kasana). DACA has helped undocumented youth a lot it has gave them the opportunity to work hard and get a good education. DACA has helped immigrants live a better life. For example, when Trump took DACA away from immigrants they protested for their rights, they fought back to win DACA back. Secondly, in an article called, “Why do immigrants come to the United States” by Elizabeth Arizaga I read about why immigrants chose to come live here in the United States. Elizabeth Arizaga says, “Immigrants built up the United States from the very beginning. This country was, and continues to be a kaleidoscope of ethnic and cultural groups…Immigrants chose to come for various reasons, such as to live in freedom, to practice their religion freely, to escape poverty or oppression, and to make better lives for themselves and their children”(Arizaga). This is explaining how immigrants come to the United States to make a better life for themselves. When they come to the US they escape everything that keeps them trapped like poverty and oppression. The US helps them start fresh and make a new life, a better one. Immigrants are hardworking which opens opportunities for them. They do these things to help out their families.
Some feel that no matter if they make a mark on the US, they should leave if they were not born here because this isn’t their home, if they weren’t born here they don’t belong here. But that is wrong because they only come here to get better job opportunities, they come here to make a better lives for themselves. The United States is made up of 11 million hard working immigrants, they made a change here in the United States.
In conclusion, immigration affects our community a lot because immigrants come here to live a healthier life, they have created families here, we are hard working and we build a large part of the United States. That makes us immigrants important.
Javier, Francisco. “How Immigration affects our Community .” 2 Jan. 2018.
Javier talked about how the United States would be without us immigrants, how there would be less hard working immigrants here. And how we don’t give up. He is a credible source because immigration has affected him and he was a member of our community.
Kasana, Mehreen. “8 DACA Statistics That Show How Vital Dreamers Are To American Society.” Bustle, Bustle, 22 Dec. 2017, www.bustle.com/p/8-daca-statistics-that-show-how-vital-dreamers-are-to-american-society-80753.
This article talks about 8 ways DACA has positively affected undocumented youth and why it’s important. It is was published recently which means it is credible.
retiring, Ba Boomers are, and U.S. birth rates are falling. With fewer native born workers coming into the job market. “How America’s immigrant workforce is changing.” CNNMoney, Cable News Network, money.cnn.com/2017/05/26/news/economy/immigration-snapshot/index.html.
This article is about how immigrant workforce and how it has changed over time. This a credible source because it was published, May 26, 2017.
“Why do immigrants come to United States of America?” The Gramblinite, www.thegramblinite.com/news/view.php/394244/Why-do-immigrants-come-to-United-States-.
This article was about why immigrants come to the US, and how it affects them. They come to the United States for multiple reasons, one is live a better life. This was published in 2006 a while ago but it had some good evidence about why immigrants come to U.S.Tags: Life Academy of Health and Bioscience
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