It used to be that America represented a place where everyone in the world can come seeking wealth and fame. Wherelse do you have a place that makes people famous just for being themselves, where celebrities are worshipped and given incredible amounts of money, where excess is considered the accepted, and people who don’t usually finish their plate of food. It is a place that everyone knows even the poorest individuals can, through luck and perseverance, rise and attain wealth that he would never even dream of.
Lately, since 2008, the world economy took a toil and people are less wealthy than before. This included America and the ability to pursue that excess style American dream, for everyone. Does this mean people have stopped immigrating to America? Does this mean there is no reason to try to make it in America anymore? While Mexican immigration indeed has gone down since 2008 due to the lack of low skilled jobs such as construction and farming, in reality higher skilled immigration such as tech workers, entertainers and scientists are still flowing into America by the thousands. In fact, the H-1b skilled migrant worker quota has just been increased to 155,000 per year, up from 65,000 with the SKILLS Visa act.
America still is the biggest economy in the world. It is so far ahead in the race that even if America stopped producing for a few years, the next biggest economy, China, will still not catch to the American economy. The American economy is more than double the economy of China’s. Remember, GDP is measured by trillions. Trillions. It probably takes a few years to even get 1 trillion increase, let alone 7 that is currently ahead of China. In fact, you need to combine the entire economy of China, Japan and Germany (the next 3 biggest economies after America) to match that of America.
With the biggest economy come with the biggest potential of wealth. A small slice of the American economy means more than any other country with the same percentage. This is why, any breaking new ideas and new inventions go to America. Because America is truly the world biggest market with the largest potential. And this is why, people continue to immigrate to America. The dream is still alive, just harder to achieve than before due to competition. But it is not impossible.
Wealth is only able to be enjoyed if your environment is stable. America offers this as well. It is geographically isolated from the rest of the world that it can enjoy an isolation from political and ethnic turmoils. America affords its citizens to sit from a far away place and discuss the issues without having to be surrounded by them. America also offers people of any backgrounds to be successful and thrive in society, because it is the country that lets people pursue their happiness and really put it in writing when America declared its independence.
Keep in mind, the same problems that plagued America in the past are still present. Racism, xenophobia, ignorance are all still part of the American society. The lack of education or value on etiquette and respect for anything foreign is still prevalent. New problems are also emerging, like health care, the top 1%, and overcrowded cities. The American government is trying to resolve them, but it will take time. Have faith that this is still the best country on the planet and for as long as it stands, all Americans will make sure it stays the best country on Earth.