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Current immigration law debate involves assimilation

For many immigrants in New York and elsewhere who lack the proper paperwork, the pendulum continues to swing between fear and hope. People of all backgrounds are welcome into the United States based on immigration law. However, the idea of assimilation continues to be a major area of debate.

Immigrants have been found to contribute to the United States in a multitude of ways. For instance, they help with growing food and creating technologies. However, poor assimilation is often blamed for many offenses that involve immigrants, thus casting a dark shadow over immigration.

One reason that immigration continues to be a point of contention in the United States is that no consensus has been reached on whether assimilation needs to be about national identity or national principles. Those who emphasize national principles believe that immigrants simply need to support the Constitution and the idea of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, those who emphasize national identity believe that immigrants should take on the heritage of the United States, which may even mean abandoning traces of their own heritage.

Concerns about assimilation continue to be mixed with concerns about immigrants without the proper paperwork, with some criticizing such immigrants for taking jobs and using public resources that they believe should go to American citizens or legal residents instead. With the political debate currently taking place surrounding immigration law, immigrants who are interested in attaining citizenship may be nervous or confused about the process. An immigration law attorney can help them to navigate this process and ultimately achieve their goals in New York.

Source:, "What Does It Take to 'Assimilate' in America?", Laila Lalami, Aug. 1, 2017

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