An immigrant coming to the United States may face both positive and negative experiences. One positive experience is the immigrant will have freedom of speech and freedom of expression in our country. Many immigrants have come to our country to escape political or religious persecution. In their homeland, people were not able to express their opinions or practice their religion without punishment.
One negative experience is the immigrant may experience discrimination. Throughout our history, immigrants have been stereotyped and have faced discrimination. Irish immigrants often found it difficult to get jobs when they came here. Signs stating, “No Irish need apply” were common. Chinese immigrants faced the same concern. People were afraid they were taking jobs from American workers. Because of stereotyping and discrimination, immigrants may find their opportunities could be limited.
Another positive experience is that immigrants may be able to improve their economic condition in our country. In the United States, people have opportunities to make a lot of money by working hard and taking advantage of opportunities that exist. Many immigrants left their countries because the opportunity for improvement didn’t exist or was nearly impossible to attain. Many immigrants improved their economic standing and standard of living once they arrived in the United States.