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The United States, a Nation of Immigrants?

Designing immigration policy is a complex endeavor that requires many different factors be taken into account. Finding a balance between different interests is a challenge addressed in this thesis written by Ami Lytle.

E Pluribus Unum: A Study of Immigrants, Illegal and Legal, in the United States and Reform Policies

Author:
Ami Lytle, raised in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, graduated in 2007 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania obtaining a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. While studying at Duquesne University, she spent a semester abroad in Rome, Italy and also visited England, France, Spain, Greece, and Tunisia. She also spent a month in Santiago, Chile. In 2010, she graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a Masters of Professional Studies degree in Paralegal Studies. From Winter 2008 to Fall 2012, she was living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as an Immigration Paralegal. In Fall 2012, Ami moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she continues to work as an Immigration Paralegal.


Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to establish the positives and negatives of being an immigrant, legally and illegally, in the United States as well as examining the reasons that cause them to maintain or prevent them from a successful lifestyle.  A balance was established between legal and illegal immigrants and how developing a stronger immigration reform policy for the future will help each party and the United States. Reform policies that were addressed are economic integration, English language acquisition, naturalization, and immigration integration and assistance programs. Research began with an internet search of current articles and events in this topic. The topics were further cultivated with work experience and using library research to develop the final product. The final product resulted in the conclusion that the American people, cannot imply that immigration is an all or nothing scenario. There is a balance between anti- immigration, no immigrants, and pro-immigration, no borders.


“E PLURIBUS UNUM”: A STUDY OF IMMIGRANTS, ILLEGAL AND LEGAL, IN THE UNITED STATES AND REFORM POLICIES

Introduction

For well over two centuries, people have flocked under this nation's protective wings as opportunists, sojourners, missionaries, refugees, and even illegal aliens. With the Statue of Liberty greeting Europeans entering Ellis Island, and The Golden Gate Bridge greeting Chinese and other Asians into San Francisco, the United States has long since been a refuge of the world, with opportunities abound and freedom for all.

Over time, millions around the world have found emigrating to the U.S. as the only alternative to starvation, death, or a life full of hardship and suffering. With thousands from nations spanning the globe, America has become a mosaic of people, culture, and hope. In 2009, the Obama Biden administration and the American people have made immigration reform a hot button issue on their political agenda.

With concerns heightening during these tough economic times, each person's position can either labeled as pro- immigration or anti-immigration. Some individuals live in fear of this topic while others see the positive impact of immigration on the United States.

As a country, we can be seen as a nation of immigrants deriving from the motto "e pluribus unum", which means from many one. We all share this common bond with immigrants, as our forefathers left one country to begin new in another country. A better understanding of the facts will help establish a commonality between U.S. citizens and their immigrant, legal or illegal, brethren.

The following will establish the positives and negatives of being an immigrant, legally and illegally, in the U.S. as well as what helps them maintain or prevents them from a successful lifestyle. Finally, a balance will be established between legal and illegal immigrants and how developing a stronger immigration reform policy for the future will help each party and the United States.



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