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The belief that the United States is the land of opportunity draws millions of legal and illegal immigrants. Do you support this belief?

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The United States has become the land of opportunity for a select few and a land of lesser opportunity for many. The access to a better life for many immigrants is through education, but, increasingly, high-quality education is only available to the wealthy. Poorer school districts do not offer the...

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The United States has become the land of opportunity for a select few and a land of lesser opportunity for many. The access to a better life for many immigrants is through education, but, increasingly, high-quality education is only available to the wealthy. Poorer school districts do not offer the same opportunities as wealthier districts, and a college education is so expensive that it is out of reach for many Americans, including immigrants. In addition, the life that immigrants face in the U.S. is often filled with racism and misunderstanding. For example, many immigrants who are Muslim are regarded as terrorists or are believed to endorse terrorism, even if they have peaceful beliefs.

While the U.S. was once a land that offered many immigrants a good chance at a better life, we have much to do to improve the way immigrants are treated in our country and the opportunities that are afforded to them. Our country certainly has much to offer, if we can return to remembering that all of us, except Native Americans, came here as immigrants.

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I do not think that there is much dispute as to whether the United States is the land of opportunity for immigrants (though more for legal ones than for illegals).  There are not many other countries that can come close to the US in terms of being both A) rich and B) willing to accept immigrants in large numbers.

Of course, the US is not perfect.  There are barriers to advancement for immigrants whether they are legal or illegal.  However, the US has an economy that is generally quite open to people who are willing to work hard.  In addition, the US is much more accepting of immigrants than any other rich nation.  Japan, for example, hardly allows any immigration.  European countries struggle to assimilate their immigrants.  By contrast, the US is fairly immigrant-friendly.

Again, I am not saying that the US is perfect, but it is certainly a place that offers many opportunities for immigrants.

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