“Day Without Immigrants Strike” aims to prove that America would not be America without Immigrants

Businesses across US close, students skip school on ‘Day Without Immigrants

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Land of the free, home of brave.  The Great Melting Pot. Land of Opportunity.  These are all terms that represent our dear country of America. So in such an opportune and fortune filled land, a nation of Immigrants, why do people still have to fight for the right to live here?  It comes down to the fact that some members in society consider themselves more “American” than others.  So what makes somebody American?  Is it the color of their skin, their career, income, ancestry, home land, or citizenship status?

These are all questions that Kirsten Silva Gruesz addresses in her Keywords article titled “America.”  In the essay, Gruesz makes the statement that “using the term [America] in conversation or debate tends to reinforce certain ways of thinking while repressing others.”  The views that is reinforces, are evident even in children’s books.  In “Little House on the Prairie” little Laura Ingalls sees herself and her family as superior to the Native Americans, because the Ingalls had American values, were white, and lived in a more “civilized” manner.  Her family believed it was right to move the Native Americans off of their home land, because they were on the property of the government of the United States of America.

Now, in the 21st century, some of that rhetoric still exists today.  We are a nation of immigrants, yet people still believe that not all immigrants have equal rights to the goods, services, and space this country has to offer. To show how important immigrants are to this country, there was a nationwide strike on Thursday, February 16th.  Immigrants were encouraged not to open their stores, go to work, or send their children to school.  Based on the headlines, and articles, this was an effective way to show that solidarity with one another regardless of race or status is what makes America truly America.

2 thoughts on ““Day Without Immigrants Strike” aims to prove that America would not be America without Immigrants”

  1. I agree that America would not be what it was without immigration. The melting pot comes from the idea of having different cultures with different traditions mixing into one to make new traditions. Some of the American traditions that we know today would not have existed if not for immigration. The immigration allows for new ideas to generate. People also gain insight from immigration and learn better ways of doing things. Therefore, immigration was key to making America the way that it is.

  2. I have the same thought when the topic of immigration in America comes up? What is America without immigrants? Is the American Dream no longer a thing? On the Statue of Liberty it is written, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddles masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Does that not show that America was meant to take in any that were in need? It seems to me that quote goes to show America was meant to take in and help anyone that wanted or needed it, including immigrants.

    Also, one more march that really made me think of the keyword “America” was the Women’s March in January. Madison, Wisconsin’s Women’s March had an estimate of 100,000 participants. I think both Marches really go to show that some people still want to hold on to the belief of what “America” has always meant and has been; The American Dream to become part of the melting pot that has endless opportunities and freedoms.

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