Living of a dream.


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Living of a dream.

  1. 1. Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Arecibo Argumentative Essay: Living of a dream Honors English 3011-MAO Jean C Ortiz Calderón 840-11-5568
  2. 2. Living of a dream “El que no quiere a su patria no quiere a su madre”. Latinoamérica, Calle 13. Overmillions of Latin American people have abandoned their homes and migrated miles away, abandoning their family and friends, setting aside their very goals and dreams, even forgetting themselves; all just for the sake of a single dream. What dream is worth a life, what dream is worth millions of lives? The Latin American masses should be correctly educated concerning the United States of Americasocial, economical and political situationin order to have a realistic insight of the American dream. The American dream has driven over three hundred millions of Latin American people to migrate to the United States of America, what is this so called American dream? ForAmerican born citizens, the idealization of the American dream is as a better economical and acquisitive power for their own; nonetheless they feel endangered by the “immigrant threat”, whether they believe immigrants are criminals or that they will steal their rightfully earned jobs. On the contrary the many immigrants seek the American dream as a solution to their economical and political problems,just as Michael Steele appoints in his essay The Kind of Immigration Reform American Wants: “And the dream [The American dream] is basically this: to work hard, to save smart, to enjoy the benefits of ownership, and to pass on a legacy of lasting wealth to your children”. The American dream is an utopia reflecting the needs of those who seek it, and it’s mostly resolving around economical disputes. However the economical reality in Unites States is similar to most of the Latin American countries; therefore there isn’t an economical advantage to sustain the immigration of the
  3. 3. masses. The unemployment rate in USA is about ten percent (10%) against countries such as Costa Rica with seven percent (7%) rate, Mexico with six percent (6%) rate and so forth. The cost of life rates is as high in the USA as at the other countries around Latin America. These numbers as recent as from the 2010 census greatly illustrate the misconception many immigrants have about the economical situation of their own countries against the US. The experts on economics Isabel V Sawhill and John E Morton in their article Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream Alive and Well?, explain that the notion of America as a land of opportunities is coming to a dawn, mostly because of the inflexibility and inequality on the nation’s economical policies, “… we are actually a less mobile society than many other nations”. Some immigrants groups may differ and think that the situation in their countries is probably worst than in the US, however, how is their situation better in a country where they’re not welcomed? How can anyone be safe in a country that immigrants are treated like less than humans, where their rights are stripped and even their families are shattered by means like deportations? United States of America holds the record for the most deportations of illegal immigrants now days, against countries with massive waves of immigrants like China, United Kingdom, and Spain. Consequently, the majority of them, Latinos, lives in constant fear of the deportations and undergoesa massive amount of stress resulting in severe mental and physical health problems. And those immigrants who are deported and had their children born in USare separated from them, without any possible reunion. Also, many illegal immigrants have been abused in their employments with underpays, excessive hours of job and even without getting paid. How does the current situation of the Latin immigrants in US reflect the American dream?
  4. 4. The Latin American people must have a clear view of United Statessocial, economical and political reality to avoid getting caught in the utopia most immigrants have believe in, the American dream. It is our responsibility as a society to create the necessary tools to become and surpass the American dream. Because who can live of a dream?
  5. 5. Bibliography Isabel V Sawhill, John E Morton, Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream Alive and Well?, Brookings Articles, May 2007. Steele, Michael, The Kind of Immigration Reform American Wants, Vital Speeches of the Day; Vol. 76 Issue 7, p303-305, 3p, May 5, 2010, Ebsco 597e46fc30e1%40sessionmgr113&vid=1&hid=105&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d #db=a9h&AN=51907985 Thematic Map, Unemployment rate, world (This is a statistics site that presents information visually as in charts, thus there is not an author or a date, however the site contains trustworthy references) Sharon R Ennis, Merarys Ríos-Vergas, Nora G Albert, The Hispanic population: 2010 (2010 census briefs), May 2010, Census.gov Joseph Chamie, Unwanted immigrants: Americas deportation dilemma, 27 July, 2010, Yale Global Online deportation-dilemma