America is a country build on racism, discrimination among hypocrisy, double standard, and oppression. In the early time, colonists came to North America for a variety of reasons. In the case of non-Anglican religious groups who were persecuted in England, the most common was religious reasons. Another reason was in the search of wealth, some came over to Virginia and Carolina where tobacco, sugar cane, cotton, and other cash crops were grown and sold to England. There was also a desire for gold and a desire for land ownership. Although Native Americans already inhabited the land, that didn’t stop them from taken it away, moving them to reservation camps, trying to erase their culture and the lives of so many in the process. Lets also not forget about America’s history with slavery. “While Europeans came to the new world to establish their claim to new land, African slaves were needed to maintain and tend these areas.” The economy flourished because of their labor.
Fast forward to today, in the 21st century, things have changed in some ways or so it may seem. Yes, some if not most, Native Americans still lives on reservation camps. No, slavery is no longer legal, although some may argue that it still exist in new ways. But I believe the most important thing to talk about is the fact that America has become one of the top country immigrants consider moving into for similar reasons that the earlier settlers also did, in the search of a living, the escape of political oppression, or religious reasons. The only difference is that most are not welcome or greet with sympathy. If you were to listen to the news talk about immigrants, chances are “Illegal Alien” and comments about taking up American’s jobs will come up.
Indeed, most immigrants who moves to the United States, legally or not, suffer from structural violence. This quote perfectly explains what that is, “Structural violence is one way of describing social arrangements that put individuals and populations in harm’s way… The arrangements are structural because they are embedded in the political and economic organization of our social world; they are violent because they cause injury to people … neither culture nor pure individual will is at fault; rather, historically given (and often economically driven) processes and forces conspire to constrain individual agency. Structural violence is visited upon all those whose social status denies them access to the fruits of scientific and social progress.” Many immigrants who move to the United Sates don’t desire to do so but because of the many push factors that exist in their countries, whether it be massive unemployment or extreme poverty, they are left with no choice but to migrate. Yet, when they arrive to the United Sates, they are usually working jobs that many Americans takes for granted and don’t want to do. Still, they are paid, and sometimes treated, poorly. Many lives in fear of getting deported back to their countries. Yet, it’s no question that we need the labors that they provide. Without them, we wouldn’t have our fresh fruits, vegetables and milk to consume. But they don’t receive any of the recognition that they deserve instead they are discriminated against.
It is also worth noting that immigration now happens into and out of the U.S. Americans also migrates to other parts of the world. Yet, the only form of immigration that seems to be talked about is the moving of other nations into America. The truth is everyone moves, not just people who aren’t “Americans.” But only Americans can freely do such a thing. The Island Life is actually a show just about Americans moving to islands in the Caribbean after they retire or even before in order to live a cheaper, more relaxing, peaceful life, push factors that are often not as serious as the ones that forces a lot of immigrants out of their native land, away from the families and friends, what they know and are comfortable with into the U.S. Do American have to wait and file for a residence before they are able to move into other countries legally? Most likely the answer to that question is no. Americans who moves to other parts of the world are not label as “illegal aliens” or “undocumented,” they are not the subject of the local news and they are certainly not seen as a problem that needs to be controlled.
The issue with immigration in this country is similar to racism in the past. Anyone who isn’t white or had the privilege to be born on American land are automatically at a disadvantage for something they had no say in. Americans, no, let me rephrase that, white Americans have their given rights to freely travel the world with little to no hassle, they have the right to migrate wherever they want, whenever and however they choose with again little or no trouble, they have the right to seek a better life wherever they please but everyone else aren’t given those rights.