The American Dream
In the articles “Nevada has largest percentage of illegal immigrants in nation” found in the Las Vegas Review Journal and “Exploited workers build everyone else’s hopes, dreams” by John L. Smith, both authors show style in their writing. Immigration has affected America long before it was even discovered by Europeans. Illegal immigration, however, has become a major controversy over the decades. The number of illegal immigrants has risen in the United States. These undocumented minorities immigrate to the United States looking for a better future for themselves and their family which is relatable to the first immigrants that arrived from England and Asia. Each immigrant, no matter what country they come from, had a similar dream, the American dream. Nevertheless, Americans are highly affected by the rise in population of these illegal immigrants; the authors use word choice, quotes, and ideas to get their message across.
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Ironically enough, statistics demonstrated that Nevada had the highest percentage of illegals and some, in fact, did work in construction. Right behind Nevada were California and Texas with the next highest percentage of undocumented immigrants in the nation. The author jokingly says “Sen. Reid may want to spend some more time in his home state.” By doing so the author used word choice to take away the senators credibility, alluding that he doesn’t stay in Nevada enough to know what is truly going on.
As these two authors both express their ideas and arguments on immigration, both look at a different aspect in the kinds of immigrants. In the article, “Exploited Workers Build Everyone Else’s Hopes, Dreams” the author specifies on their unfair working hours and conditions as well as fear of deportation. The author in “Nevada has largest percentage of illegal immigrants in Nation” focuses on the amount of illegal immigrants in Nevada’s population and law-breaking immigrants criminals.
While both articles may focus on two different sections of immigrants, both articles also bring up an issue; probably the most important issue when it comes to the controversial topic. Looking aside from the poor working conditions, these undocumented aliens are not receiving the benefits an American worker would, including health care. Both the worker and his family do not get guaranteed health care, however, as the authors both include, they do get treatments in county hospitals for free. The availability of this, sometimes life-saving option, is due to American tax-payers. They are the ones who are forced to put in a contribution some way or another. This is where many are for strict immigration laws to reduce the amount of immigrants, this, reducing taxes as well.
Immigration has had an effect on America since it was first founded but now more than ever it is aggravating tax-paying Americans. Although it can be considered cheap labor, these immigrants are benefiting from tax-payers money and seemingly not wanted by many Americans. The authors in both articles seem to be looking to help immigrants even if only by speaking up for them. They bring to mind the question “Is the American Dream attainable to all?”