There are many reasons why immigrants come to the United States today. Many of these reasons are similar to those in the past. Some immigrants come to escape poverty. The United States is still viewed as a land with many opportunities. In some countries, people live in very poor conditions. They hope to make a better life for themselves and their children in the United States.
Some people come for political and religious freedom. In some countries, people who speak out against the government are put in jail and/or killed. In our country, we have political freedom. We can criticize our government. We have elections where people can choose their leaders. In many countries, free elections don’t exist. Other people come so they can practice their religion without harassment or discrimination. In our country, we have freedom of religion. This doesn’t exist in all countries. Ultimately, people come to the United States for many reasons.