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Whya do many highly trained people from developing nations seek employment in advanced countries Why are these highly educated people apparently more productive and highly paid in these advanced countries than they are in their home countries Over the years the United States has been called a nation of immigrants The fact that it is a melting pot for so many different cultures races and religions makes the nation quite unique in the world Asian Americans Cuban-Americans European-Americans African-Americans and Mexican-Americans all of different backgrounds and different cultures but still all united by the fact that when the hyphen is eliminated they are all considered Americans For more than 300 years various ethnic cultural and social groups have come to the shores of the United States for a multiplicity of reasons Some have come to reunite with their loved ones others to seek economic opportunity and still many more to find a haven from religious and political persecution With them they bring their hopes their dreams and in turn contribute enrich and energize America Less than one million immigrants arrive in the United States each year Of these 700000 enter as lawful permanent residents and another 100000 to 150000 enter legally as refugees or others fleeing persecution Undocumented immigrants constitute only 1 of the total US population and contrary to popular belief most of these immigrants do not enter the United States illegally by crossing our border with Canada or Mexico Instead most immigrants here illegally 6 out of 10 enter the US legally with a student tourist or business visa and become illegal when they stay in the United States after their visas expire Most legal immigrants about 8 out of 11 come to join close family members Family-sponsored immigrants enter as either immediate relatives-spouses unmarried minor children parents- of United States citizens or through the family preference system for relatives of permanent residents and siblings of US
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