Why America Should Be More Open to Immigrants

The United States is an immigrant society, but one that does not truly embrace immigration like other countries around the world. Many immigrants that arrive in America to create a better life are often times met with discrimination. 

Article written by guest writer Rin Mitchell


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According to reports, immigrants residing in America are either looked down on for coming to take the jobs of the natives; or they are looked down on for not doing anything, but taking advantage of government assistance programs. It can be a tedious process for a foreigner to obtain American citizenship in the United States. Some do it the right way and deal with the paperwork for green cards, visas and tests involved to finalize citizenship. There are the ones that take the shortcut to the system and marry a native to obtain citizenship. The thing is, in the U.S. it does not matter that an immigrant is a legal citizen living in America. If they are not American born, then it can be a disadvantage. As the article points out, a person from Africa with great skill assets and a great work ethic is more likely to get passed up for an opportunity by an American, who may be less skilled and not work as hard. The conspiracy surrounding President Barack Obama regarding his place of birthHawaii or Kenya—is a great example. If the rumor had started in the midst of his run in the 2008 election race, his time would have been cut short. However, that was not the case; and he was elected by the people as the right man for the job. Yet, this is still a major concern for many American people. If it turned out that he in fact was born in Kenya, it would cause an outrage. But the outrage would be more towards him not being a native-born citizen, than the fact he lied. It is this type of discrimination that can hold the U.S. back from becoming a better society.

The U.S. government chooses who is allowed to enter and claim citizenshipusually based on what they can offera method adopted by other countries as well. However, the U.S. does have a tighter grip on immigration laws than other countries. Australia, Japan, and Canada are a few of the countries that have taken the U.S. Immigration policy and tweaked it to create a better form of the policy to execute in their countries. These societies have become “pluralistic and diverse” because they exhibit more openness towards foreign migration. 

What’s the Big Idea? 

Societies thrive through openness to goods, services, inventions and other people and cultures.  Foreigners have contributed to the agriculture, economic and innovative growth in the U.S. As the article points out, many of our greatest innovations like Google, Yahoo!, eBay and many others were created by non-native Americans. Of course, no country wants foreigners to enter their land and not carry their weight. No country wants jobs being filled by immigrants, when locals are struggling to find work. But, there needs to be balance and fairnesschoosing the best person for the job based on skill and work ability is more important than whether the person is black, a woman, gay or an immigrant. It should not matter where a person comes from, but what they do when they get to their destination. 

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17th August 1973: An American tattoo artist working on a client's shoulder. (Photo by F. Roy Kemp/BIPs/Getty Images)
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In the slightly macabre experiment to find out where tattoo ink travels to in the body, French and German researchers recently used synchrotron X-ray fluorescence in four "inked" human cadavers — as well as one without. The results of their 2017 study? Some of the tattoo ink apparently settled in lymph nodes.


Image from the study.

As the authors explain in the study — they hail from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment — it would have been unethical to test this on live animals since those creatures would not be able to give permission to be tattooed.

Because of the prevalence of tattoos these days, the researchers wanted to find out if the ink could be harmful in some way.

"The increasing prevalence of tattoos provoked safety concerns with respect to particle distribution and effects inside the human body," they write.

It works like this: Since lymph nodes filter lymph, which is the fluid that carries white blood cells throughout the body in an effort to fight infections that are encountered, that is where some of the ink particles collect.

Image by authors of the study.

Titanium dioxide appears to be the thing that travels. It's a white tattoo ink pigment that's mixed with other colors all the time to control shades.

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“In future experiments we will also look into the pigment and heavy metal burden of other, more distant internal organs and tissues in order to track any possible bio-distribution of tattoo ink ingredients throughout the body. The outcome of these investigations not only will be helpful in the assessment of the health risks associated with tattooing but also in the judgment of other exposures such as, e.g., the entrance of TiO2 nanoparticles present in cosmetics at the site of damaged skin."

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