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Immigration has been and always will be an integral part of the geneticmake up of the United States In the early 1600s this nation wasfounded on immigration when pilgrims fled religious persecution fromthe Anglican Church Throughout the next several hundred yearsimmigrants from all corners of the world left their respective countriesfor a myriad of reasons but they all came to America for a betterlife Cultures of various immigrant groups became interwoven into theculture of America In recent years more and more people have spokenout against this dynamic of coming to America The reasons that arecited are based on unfortunate current events such as terror threats andhigh levels of unemployment If these same people would look at thefacts and examine the relationship between immigrant and new inhabitednation of said immigrant they would see that in many cases its asocially symbiotic relationship meaning they actively help one anotherIn addition to this those who try to stifle this natural relationshipcause the harm to both the immigrants themselves and to The USSometimes the US loses its way in regards to immigrant activity oneway in which the US mishandled an immigration situation is reflectedupon by Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat Danticat writes of thestruggles that newly emigrated Haitians faced by entering the US in apost 911 world The most prominent struggle of course beingessentially rounded up and put in a makeshift prison camp Danticatcaptured the height of American hysteria post 911 in this passage Attorney General John Ashcroft vetoed an immigration judges decisionto release an eighteen-year-old Haitian named David Joseph whom wedmet at Krome that day Ashcroft argued that Joseph had to remain incustody because he posed a threat to national security He furtherstated that Haiti harbors Pakistani and Palestinian terrorists Not Your Homeland The Bedford Reader Ed XJ Kennedy Dorothy MKennedy Jane E Aaron This fear has caused America to undermine oneof its core ideals in the name of absolute security Basic Human rightsis something
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