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The Truth About the American Dream
Transcript of The Truth About the American Dream
Congress Irrationally Restricted the Number of
Immigrant Visas For Mexicans
Congress capped the number of immigrant visas available for Mexicans, even though the U.S. had a consistent demand for Mexican labor.
Despite the demand for unskilled labor and the large pool of unskilled labor in Mexico, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 prohibited unskilled Mexican laborers from receiving a Legal Permanent Visa. "Unsurprisingly, the number of undocumented Mexicans caught crossing illegally tripled from 1965 to 1970, according to a 2012 report by the Congressional Research Service" (Planas, 2014, para.13).
Congress responded by capping the visas to 20,000 in 1977.
"First, thanks to the author for writing this book. I immigrated to Germany and then the United States with my family. For those back in Bosnia, living abroad seems like a fantasy land. As the author points out, there are also negative sides to living abroad including families that are split up and immigrants who feel they belong nowhere. Some immigrants succeed while others can never really adjust to living away from their homeland. As to one reader's comment that illegal immigration is not ok, I would say that things are not as simple as illegal and legal immigration. "
Isabel Rios Pulgar
A Young Immigrant Struggles for a College Education. (2012, September 25).
Retrieved November 16, 2014, from http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/an-undocumented-youths-struggle-for-higher-education/
Alarcon, A. (2014, April 2). My Immigration Story. Retrieved November 12,
2014, from http://www.fwd.us/antonio_story
Littlefield, R. (2014, November 14). No Simple Solutions to Immigration
Reform. Retrieved November 15, 2014, from http://www.governing.com/cityaccelerator/blog/no-simple-solutions-to-immigration-reform.html
Planas, R. (2014, August 25). These Are The Real Reasons Behind Illegal
Immigration. Retrieved November 11, 2014, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/25/undocumented-mexicans_n_5709141.html
Antonio the DREAMer
Antonio Alarcon was born in Mexico but was brought to the United States by his parents. Upon arrival to Los Angeles, he and his family flew to New York, his new home. Antonio never forgot about his family though:
"My arrival in New York City was a dream come true. It was like being in a world for giants. There were skyscrapers everywhere, but I was always afraid of what could happen next. Here, I had to learn a new language and adapt to a different culture.
The saddest thing, however, was living without my grandparents and brother.
" (Alarcon, 2014, para. 6).
Immigrants coming into the United States have an "American Dream" they would like to achieve, but struggle even reaching America and then adapting to the new living environment.
Stated in the article, "More than four million illegal immigrants under the age of 25 are thought to be living in the United States according to 2009 census figures, yet statistics indicate that only around 65,000 graduate from high school each year" (Schiffman, 2012, para.6).
These young adults don't have the same advantages of being llegal.
Aren't able to reach out for help like financial aid or have standard job prospects.
These children that want to attend college will probably face many obstacles to achieve what they want.
Statistics on struggles
Young illegal children that are brought along with their parents and live their life in the United states, struggle, worry about money and security.
These young immigarnts tend to "grow up faster", because they worry about their future.
Especially when they want to graduate high school, and have big dreams.
They may want to set a good example for siblings that look up to them or just make their parents proud.
Young Immigrant Struggles
for a College Education
A young student, Frisly Soberanis an illegal immigrant from Guatemala was followed on his final days of high school.Frisly worries on how his future is going to play out. Being so worried has caused to not focus on the events that sum up his senior year of high school. He struggles on how to earn money to pay for his first semester in college.
"I don’t want to end up in the same cycle as my family is right now. We’re great but it’s tough not having security about next week because you don’t know if you’re going to get a job next week or if you’re going to get paid for the job you just finished because maybe they’re just gonna be like ‘I’m not gonna pay you" (Schiffman, 2012, para.5).
Children come to the United States in search of a better lifestyle and education.
Many face difficulty when trying to become part of the education field due to not being able to speak the foreign language.
Even kids who were brought here at a young age struggle with attending schools because of legal documentation issues.
Many "children of illegal immigrants -- raised from infancy in the United States and some in my own city -- had managed to make it through the public school system without anyone knowing they and their families lacked legal U.S. citizenship. As these children matured, they were unable to get a job or go to college without proper documentation" (No Simple Solutions to Immigration Reform, 2014, para 4).
As they grow older it becomes harder for the children to attend schools due to not wanting to get caught by officers. It limits them to not be able to get a diploma in college and work hard to live the American Dream.
Immigrants Struggle with Education
Data: Level of Education
"Latinos united, never divided"
A chant from a group of kids, fighting for education rights in.
My Own Story
My story starts in Venezuela, where I was born. When I was one year old, my parents decided to move to the United States. My parents came here searching for the American Dream, and although we came here legally and had our papers, it was still a struggle to adjust.
Upon arriving, adaptation was proven to be a challenge. My older brother, who was 4 when we moved here, had to learn a new language. My father had to start from the bottom of the company he worked for and work his way to the position he is at now.
Being away from family was, and still is, the biggest challenge, especially for my siblings and I. We have not seen our grandma in person in over 7 years, and it has definitely been difficult.
All in all, it is imperative that immigrants who come to America have a realistic view on what migrating here is like. The American Dream is not granted to everyone who arrives here, but an opportunity to reach this dream is.