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Immigrants In New York City


New York City is the home of millions of people with nationalities from around the world. The city is also home to a significant number of immigrants that have come to the United States in search of a better life. Many immigrants came from parts of the world that had little opportunity for change or growth. Others came to New York for education, job opportunities and to obtain citizenship as an American. There have been myths regarding what immigrants have done since coming to the city to make a better living for themselves.

Is it true more immigrants are stealing jobs from Americans? This is an old myth that has been around for years. There are pieces of evidence that somewhat support the idea, but many people need to do more research and understand the state of immigrants in the city and how they are able to find work. This has been an issue up for debate as Americans claim to struggle in finding suitable work with decent pay. There are immigrants willing to work for less pay; therefore, they seem to look better to employers because they may not seek higher wages right away.

Has it been easier for immigrants to become American citizens or engage in activities normally privileged by Americans? This is another issue up for debate regarding immigrants, but this is not just a problem in New York City, but more like a national issue for the United States. It is true you need to be a legal citizen of the country in order to vote in elections. Yet, the state of New York has looked into the possibility of allowing immigrants to vote without being legal citizens. This has caused uproar in the state but lawmakers think this could be a game change in future elections because the number of illegal immigrants in the state continues to grow.

Immigrants in New York City and other parts of the United States may have American citizens looking at them differently. Immigrants have the right to live the life they want to live and many have stories of hope that brought them here. Yet, Americans have a right to feel a little disadvantaged when they see immigrants taking advantage of opportunities they too are striving for. America supposedly is the land of opportunity but for some, it is not that easy to get the opportunity they want.