In the early 1900’s, America was looked upon as being “The land of Opportunity.” Immigrants looked to the United States as a place where they could begin to rebuild their lives with a fresh new start. America soon began to be called the melting pot of the world. Immigrants were no longer Irish, French, or German. They were American. Immigrants were assimilated into the American way of life. They gave up their individuality.
Towards the end of the century, people began to realize the importance of retaining their customs, beliefs, and way of life from their homeland. Anna Quindlen supports this idea in her editorial “Making the Mosaic
The quilt is made up of many different pieces, but collectively they are one quilt. Nonetheless, whoever we are, we need to retain our individuality, truly making the United States of America a mosaic of people. " A mosaic can be likened to a patchwork quilt. These "conservatives" should focus on how to resolve their own problems before they try to eliminate innocent people from having a chance to better their lives. Within America, there are people from virtually every nation in the world. America can be called a nation of nations. Some people believe that the United States should not allow people to immigrate here because of the problems that they bring with them. There are approximately five million people in the United States today. It is a natural tendency for people to blame their own problems on someone or something else. Characteristics such as age, sex, and race are only a few of the things that make us completely different from those around us. That is what sets America apart from the rest of the world. Unless they can trace their lineage to that of a Native American Indian, their actions are contradicting their own philosophy. Despite the optimism that Quindlen shows, there are some who disagree with her.