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Immigration is one of the most controversial issues in the US. This controversy is caused by the pressing moral concern of welcoming poor immigrants into the nation. The issue of receiving immigrants from Eastern Europe and Africa has also caused political division in the nation. The common perspective on all these issues concerns the incorporation of new immigrants into the US community. The distinction comes from the policies that allow immigrants to come into the nation but do not show them how to fit in to the new system and culture. On the other hand, other political advocacy fights for policies that encourage efficient assimilation of immigrants into the nation. This concludes that the immigration policies do not contain the major decisions and principles that contain the broad requirements of immigrants. Assimilation is the act of joining one culture after abandoning another. This can be explained by the movement of people from one community of people to another. Just like the previous community, there are a set of perspectives and instructions that govern the operation of the new community. This includes the language, lifestyle, among others. It can also mean the set of beliefs that a particular community abides by. However, this does not imply that a single society cannot contain more than one culture. Assimilation signifies the transition of an individual to the other cultures in a society. Assimilation into other cultures is a major example of a situation that requires assimilation into. This process may be challenging and varies across cultures in terms of the sense of interest of both cultures involved. The fate of immigrants, especially from poor nations, depends on the level of assimilation they receive from the nation. Conversely, it is argued that if more immigrants are easily assimilated into the nation, their numbers will increase, thus significantly increasing the assimilation costs. This is justifiable, however, because assimilation has a greater impact on the lives of both immigrants and citizens of the country. Assimilating immigrants into the economy exposes them to economic opportunities and provides them with their full citizenship responsibilities, reduces the egalitarian policies that may negatively impact poor immigrants who come to the nation to seek development opportunities and establish the way of life of the citizens.Assimilation is important since it helps in the integration of immigrants into the way of life of the US people. Immigrants may be politically and economically marginalized, thus hindering them from benefiting from full citizenship of the country. As a result, most of the new immigrants are vulnerable to underemployment, poverty, low education, social isolation, and political desegregation. Besides, the immigrants are also widely different from the natives of the country in terms of culture. These outcomes cause geographical dispersal where the immigrants are not open to new opportunities and are faced with marginalization and social segregation. A nation that assimilates immigrants is often associated with moral superiority (Cavallero, 2006). Assimilation helps to reduce the adverse marginalization experienced by immigrants and their dependents. Also, this helps to change the fate of the immigrants by elusively allowing them into the country through a moral rationale. It is important to note that most immigrants do not choose marginalization in a foreign nation. Most immigrants are escaping poverty in their homes and coming to the country in search of better opportunities and jobs (Seglow, 2005). Likewise, some immigrants move to the country in search of further educational opportunities and competence advancement. To achieve this, the immigrants require resources, solidarity, and cultural acceptance from the host nation. Although this may seem like a lot to ask, the nation also benefits from the economic support provided by immigrants. Also, the entry of new cultures into the nation increases cultural diversity, which broadens people’s perspectives. This may be in the form of bringing new products into the market and fueling the development of the nation. Such a perspective brings civilization freedom and increases desegregation in terms of culture and language.Assimilation of immigrants helps to boost the economy of the nation by increasing opportunities for development and social mobility. Nations seek to build prosperous economies that sustain both current and future generations. On the other hand, poor economies are deemed as threatening to the cultural identities of immigrants. Assimilation of immigrants opens up the economy by providing many opportunities for development in both social and economic spheres. A prosperous economy is one that allows immigrants to discover their identities in the new country (Zhou & Bankston, 1998). With assimilation, immigrants get the right to explore state projects that are focused on both present and future development. Besides, assimilation can help achieve economic development in the nation by allowing many immigrants and their children to access educational opportunities in the country. As established in the past few decades, extensions by the US government like the green card have helped many immigrant children access citizenship and education in the US. However, there are still many immigrant children who are separated from their parents in black neighborhoods without access to education. This inequality in the distribution of educational opportunities further widens the marginalization gap in the nation (Zolberg & Zolberg, 2009). When children do not receive a sufficient education, their employment opportunities and income are limited. This reduced development in the segregated neighborhoods. As a result, they do so little to contribute to boosting the economy of the nation. As much as this brings disappointment to the economy of the nation, it also leaves the dependent families helpless and unable to continue living in poverty. Therefore, assimilation of the immigrant population into the educational sector helps to boost the economy of the nation by reducing the poverty levels in segregated neighborhoods. Besides, the nation is able to sustain itself through the contributions provided by immigrants both for the present and future generations.Assimilation is also important to reduce the devastating impacts and treatment such as discrimination directed towards immigrants in the US. The native population treats immigrants with hostility instead of making efforts to integrate them into the society. For any nation, the growing number of immigrants seems like a threat to the culture of the natives (Portes & Rumbaut, 2014). As a result, any attempts to integrate the minority population diminishes. This makes the minority population to suffer from unemployment due to scarcity of jobs and discrimination by the natives. Due to such discrimination, the overall opportunities of the immigrants decrease both in the economic and social sector. In America, the prejudice of the Catholic Church before the 19th century hindered the integration of many immigrants into the US (Huntington & Dunn, 2004). However, the pressure in the industrial sector demanded cheap labor which could be supplied by immigrants from different parts of the world like Africa. Therefore, the 19th and 20th century was marked by large numbers of immigration into the US as many immigrants got opportunities to work in the factories. However, during this time, the policies regarding assimilation of immigrants were not very strong. Thus, the religious hostility subjected towards immigrants led to rising advocacies of integrating immigrants into the country. This led to growth of both the industrial sectors of the US as well as improved social integration of the immigrants. Again rising politics in the nation brought controversies concerning immigrant assimilation. This was resulted into rising cases of common interests and racism towards the immigrants such as the Black community. This made many immigrant to face many obstacles and restrictions in the nation in terms of employment and accessing opportunities. Immigrant restriction policies were rising and many immigrants were not getting a chance to practice their democratic policies. These polices hindered equality in income, resources and opportunity distribution towards the immigrants in the nation. This raised a lot of debates concerning the assimilation of immigrants into the nation. Neglecting the immigrants left many immigrants uneducated, jobless, poor and with limited skills for working in the developing industries (Portes & Rumbaut, 2014). Therefore, most of them were discriminated as they searched for jobs in the industries that required competence. Cases racism increased as immigrants were perceived as incompetent and undeserving of privileges unlike the natives. This view is still being held by many natives in the US who are against the assimilation of immigrants into the nation. As a result, many immigrants still continue to face discrimination in the social, economic and political spheres of the economy.On the contrary, it is argued that a society that denies assimilation of immigrants seeks to create a sustainable culture within a particular society. Immigrants come to a nation with the obligation of accessing equal opportunities as citizens. However, as the number of immigrants in the nation increases, the sustainability of the opportunities for natives may be affected. For instance, increased immigration may lead to a swelling of social service demand and an increase in the number of residents competing for jobs, hence leading to low pay. For this reason, the residents seem to lower the rate of assimilating immigrants. Also, there may be parallelism in the perspectives on morals between the already assimilated immigrants and the natives of the nation. This is because some immigrants may deny the assimilated culture and stick to their impoverished perspectives concerning the new culture. This makes the natives reluctant to assimilate new immigrants due to fear of the reaction they will get from them. Furthermore, immigrants may form a distinct community segregated from the host culture. This may bring anxiety and parallelism with the host culture. This may lead to a series of disagreements between the contrasting cultures as well as restrictions on assimilating people from the parallel community. Besides, the host culture uses assimilation policies to limit this new culture in terms of assimilating new members who would make the immigrant culture stronger. People may also be reluctant to assimilate due to the values established by immigrant political cultures. It is argued that politics may be channeled towards immigrants’ own culture and perspectives. Thus, the demands of the immigrants may be contradictory to the social practices and educational beliefs of the residents. This could lead to the loss of democracy and a systemic way of doing things in the country. Despite the benefits that this may bring to immigrants, the citizens of the nation may experience serious injustices and problems. As a result, reducing the assimilation of more immigrants may help to reduce such problems in society. This is established in the strict policies concerning immigration in order to preserve the viewpoints of the citizens.Assimilation should be the core principle of a nation before admitting immigrants, despite the risks that may come with such integration. The natives are afraid of losing their culture due to the impact of the immigrants. However, the nation’s current and future generations may suffer worse consequences from the failure to assimilate immigrants. This may consist of generations of families filled with regrets about migrating to the US in the first place. There are some aspects of the immigrants’ culture, such as eating trends that may be hard to change during the assimilation process. Also, immigrants may be under pressure and shock from the need to embrace a new culture. This pressure may be experienced equally by the host culture, leading to tension between both cultures (Huntington & Dunn, 2004). This is the underlying cause of the escalating political and economic differences. Both cultures may be uncomfortable with the practices and perspectives of the subsequent community. Long-lasting consequences may be experienced from this impact. Consequently, challenges may be encountered in the fight for equality and assimilation of new immigrants into the nation. With the principles of assimilation, the nation chooses to integrate the immigrants despite the differences experienced by the two communities. This includes accepting the pressure and existing tension between the two cultures and acting in the interests of both communities. Therefore, assimilation can be promoted by first enacting policies that enable immigrants to express themselves like other citizens of the nation. This will enable the immigrants to practice their full rights of citizenship as well as practice their individual cultures (Huntington & Dunn, 2004). Besides, the immigrants will be able to access opportunities and resources issued by the government. Also, assimilation can be promoted by reducing discrimination against immigrants. Effective assimilation means understanding and communicating to align the interests of the immigrants with those of the citizens, with the aim of achieving a common goal.Assimilation benefits immigrants by providing opportunities for advancement in the economic sphere and socially by reducing the devastating impacts of segregation and discrimination. This helps to prepare the immigrants to understand the ways of life of the foreign community, with the aim of creating peaceful coexistence. This also helps to prevent the controversies that result from the incorporation of new cultures into the nation. Through assimilation, the immigrants learn about the political, social, and economic practices of the citizens. This includes the mutual benefit that both communities gain from the incorporation of the skills and support provided by the citizens to the nation towards achieving its dreams. When marginalization of immigrants is practiced instead, the individuals are exposed to harsh economic and social conditions. For instance, this can be observed in underemployment, poverty, low education, social isolation, and political desegregation. However, when immigrants are properly integrated, benefits such as boosted economic standards are experienced. This is experienced in most nations that seek to embrace assimilation for the sustainability of both present and future generations. On the other hand, nations that show hostility towards immigrants threaten cultural identities. Through assimilation, immigrants join with citizens to create development in different sectors. Assimilation is also important to reduce the devastating impacts and treatment such as discrimination directed towards immigrants in the US. The native population treats immigrants with hostility instead of making efforts to integrate them into society. On the contrary, it is argued that a society that denies assimilation of immigrants seeks to create a sustainable culture within a particular society. Immigrants come to a nation with the obligation of accessing equal opportunities as citizens. However, as the number of immigrants in the nation increases, the sustainability of the opportunities for natives may be affected. Assimilation should be the core principle of a nation before admitting immigrants, despite the risks that may come with such integration. The natives are afraid of losing their culture due to the impact of the immigrants. However, the nation’s current and future generations may suffer worse consequences from the failure to assimilate immigrants. Assimilation of immigrants is key to creating cultural acceptance. This is associated with many benefits for both the immigrants and the hosts. This has been observed in increased employment opportunities and reduced poverty for both present and future generations. However, the cost of taking this risk is in the differences in culture and perspectives that must be embraced in the process. Accepting these differences enhances peaceful coexistence between different communities. Exploration of other cultures may also be another experience of learning new perspectives about life and its significance to our own identities.
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