When the question is asked, foreigners describe Americans with the blonde hair, blue eyes and white skin. But when the same question is asked to Americans, they cannot find right words to describe Americans because they feel that the face of America is changing. A person with blonde hair, blue eyes and white skin is not only defined as Americans.Instead people with black hair, dark skin or even with different background are also found as Americans.
It is because immigrants were born in America or they are getting used to being in America and now Americans are becoming the melting pot.
Over many years, many immigrants have come to the United States for a better life.This immigration has given much confusion of defining America and this confusion holds some positive and negative points of view. Many Americans think that immigrants are problems.Governor Richard Lamm indicates one of the problems is that now some Americans are unemployed because America is taking as twice many immigrants as the rest of the world (Fallows, 5).
According to the United States Census Bureau, Immigration (migration to a country) is one component of international migration; the other component is emigration (migration from a country).International migration is defined as any movement across a national border; in it’s simplest form.The term foreign- born population is used by the United States Census Bureau to refer to a person who is not a U.S. citizen at birth, which includes legal permanent residents (immigrants), temporary migrants (such as students), humanitarian migrants (such as refugees), and persons illegally present in the United States.
The U.S. resident population is made up of the foreign-born native populations.When referring to the native population we include anyone born in the United States or a U.S. Island area such as, Puerto Rico, or born abroad of a U.S. citizen parent.
In March 1996 9.3 percent of the U.S. population were foreign-born.During this century, the percentage that was foreign born declined from a high 14.1 percent in 1910,to a low 4.8 percent in 1970.That percentage has increased quickly, since then.In the 1980’s 34.3 percent of immigrants entered the United States.
In 1990, more than a quarter of the foreign- born population came in this country.38 percent of the foreign-born have been in the United States for more than fifteen years. There are million of foreign born people in the United States, but is it hard to become a citizen in the United States? I gave a survey to fifty immigrants from ten different countries. Twenty-five of the people surveyed were over the age of forty. Out of those people 100 percent of them said that they came to this country to make a better life for their children.They said that the education and job opportunities were better. Out of the other twenty-five people, 75 percent said they were brought to the United States by their parents when they were young.