The Americas are the continents of North America and South America. For about ten thousand years the only inhabitants in the Americas were the Native Americans. Native Americans include the native people of Canada, Central America, and South America. When Christopher Columbus “discovered” America in 1492 the mass migration of people from Europe and Africa and Asia into the Americas began. The United States of America (USA) was founded on July 4th, 1776 when it fought and gained independence from Great Britain.
Anyone who opposes the immigration of people from Mexico, Central America, and South America into the USA is not in touch with history. Native Americans have been in the Americas for much, much longer than any Europeans, Africans, or Asians. Between the 15th and 20th centuries immigrants came to the USA in boats. Often the boats took months to travel across the Atlantic Ocean, and some people died during the journey. They arrived at the border of the United States in places like Ellis Island, New York. They did not submit expensive, complicated written immigration applications that take years to process. They just showed up, and were allowed to enter the USA. Some, sadly, were cargo on slave ships.
More recently we are seeing immigrants from Mexico, Central America, and South America arriving at the USA at the Southern Border. Many have to take a dangerous journey through the dry and arid regions of Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Some people die during the journey. These people are searching for the same thing that most of the people who immigrated by boat between the 15th and 20th centuries were looking for: The American Dream.