Support or Against: How Immigration has Changed America

Globalization is the result of humans’ endless search for improvements and technological innovations. It is an integration of economy, labor and technology all over the world, even across international borders. This movement has increased the flow of capital, goods, competition and labor across borders which, in turn, had deeply changed the true meaning of citizenship. This resulted to millions of foreign races migrating to America.

While most people can continue to agree at some level on the rights that society should extend to all members, a set of mutually agreed upon responsibilities comes less easily because of the influences of the culture of individuals with economic responsibilities outside the U. S. (Bacon, 2003) United States of America has constantly remained as one f the greatest nations in the whole world. As if it is the Promised Land, USA was gifted with resources and maintained its high economic status.

This country has all access to basic education, enough food, health and welfare, while the remaining majority is desperately trying to reach those resources. Through the years, people would do anything in an attempt to stay and make a living in the perceived promise land. So the majority is divided into two categories: Some of them start to think of flying to developed countries, where they can meet their basic needs; others begin to believe that the reason of all their problems is rich peoples wealth, healthy ones' health and educated ones' awareness; so they try to destroy all those people and all those resources.

Unfortunately, the well off living of the citizens of the United States have encouraged millions of illegal immigrants, overstaying and undocumented that such situation encouraged and became an ideal ground for terrorism. In Race Traitor by Ignatiev and Garvey, they have argued that United States of America has constantly remained as one of the greatest nations in the whole world. As if it is the Promised Land, USA was gifted with resources and maintained its high economic status.

This country has all access to basic education, enough food, health and welfare, while the remaining majority is desperately trying to reach those resources. Through the years, people would do anything in an attempt to stay and make a living in the perceived promise land. So the majority is divided into two categories: Some of them start to think of flying to developed countries, where they can meet their basic needs; others begin to believe that the reason of all their problems is rich people’s wealth, healthy ones' health and educated ones' awareness; so they try to destroy all those people and all those resources.

Unfortunately, the well off living of the citizens of the United States have encouraged millions of illegal immigrants, overstaying and undocumented that such situation encouraged and became an ideal ground for terrorism. Infact, according to Griswold (2002), there are 500,000 to 600,000 foreign students in the US; 284,000 foreigners received student visas in FY00. About 11 percent of the foreign students are from China, followed by 9 percent from Japan and 8 percent each from India and Korea.

The number of foreign students has increased sharply: there were about 50,000 foreign students in 1970, 300,000 in 1980, and 400,000 in 1990. With that population of immigrants in America, it is foreseen that the Americans will be overruled by different races and ethnicity. This is seen in one of the events in the Congress. Donald Wildmon had sited Keith Ellison, D-Minn, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran. Lets take the example of the 9/11 event.

The 9/11 event had been one of the biggest turning point of the lives of the US citizens. More than five years had already passed but the event had been deeply etched in the heart of every people. It made the countrymen think and realized why this had easily happened and made them ask if immigration law in the United States had been so laxed. The events showed widespread terrorist violations of immigration laws. The lax immigration system causes danger in the United States, not just in terms of who is allowed to enter the country, but also how terrorists used the weaknesses of the system to remain in the country.

After the September 11 World Trade Center Attacks, America had had second thoughts about their immigration law. On September 11, 2001, four commercial planes were hijacked in the US. Using the planes as bombs, the hijackers flew two into the World Trade Center in New York City; one was flown into the Pentagon in Washington DC, and the fourth crashed in Pennsylvania. Over 6,000 people were killed, most when the World Trade Center collapsed. The FAA immediately grounded all US planes to prevent further attacks.

The 19 men who hijacked the planes were foreigners who had been in the US from a week to several years. At least 16 entered at US ports of entry, with student or tourist visas; some of their visas appear to have expired before September 11, 2001. About 40 percent of the 8. 5 million unauthorized foreigners in the US similarly entered with seemingly valid visas, but did not abide by the terms of their visa by e. g. departing within 90 days. (Martin & Martin, October 2001)