American Dream: America As A Land Of Opportunity
Opportunity; it is one of the most common things many immigrants strive to obtain in America. They have crossed many rivers, oceans, lands, and even many different countries just to seek a better life that yields many opportunities not just for them, but their children who will help shape the United States. Europeans came to America in the early 1600s to seek “Land, bread, protection” which they did not have in their native country(source-A). In America, they get what they work for. They don’t have to spend days in hunger or poverty.
Here, they are considered as respected citizens and have the chance to become successful no matter how rich or poor they are when compared to their native country, where immigrants never got any of those chances and always remained poor and unsuccessful because of the social classes that existed. Here, immigrants of all nations are melted into a “new race of men”, of who will one day be a great asset in the world(source-A). For example, Andrew Carnegie, an immigrant from Scotland who got the opportunity to come here, became one of the most successful businessmen and most recognized philanthropists in history whose entrepreneurial ventures in America’s steel industry earned him millions and he, in turn, made great contributions to social causes such as public libraries, education for everyone and international peace. America is known as the land of opportunity. Can America exist without people like Andrew Carnegie who shaped this country in so many ways? No, the truth is, immigrants today are doing all the jobs and helping to create new business.
Today if America stopped giving opportunities, then it’s also stopping itself from getting benefits. To deny those who want to come here in search of opportunity — that seems pretty illogical at best and downright selfish and hypocritical at worst. The United States is a country created and built by immigrants from all over the world. As a nation of immigrants, the United States must commemorate that generations of immigrants have helped build the colonies, assisted during American independence, lay the railroads and build the cities, and pioneered new industries and companies from Carnegie Steel Company to Google. It is imperative to take a moment to reflect on the important contributions by the generations of immigrants who have bolstered in building America the economic engine of the world. Instead of sharing a tempestuous relationship with newcomers, America should welcome everyone to enrich and revitalize its institutions and beliefs. The United States still remains as the world’s beacon of hope Let’s not extinguish liberty’s torch.
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