The Melting Pot of the U.S. Cecily tusing

Immigrants Coming to America

Immigrants have been coming to america since the early 1600's to begin renewed lives as Us citizens. many come to america to find jobs, escape poverty, and have better lives. Immigrants have molded america into the beautifully diverse country that it has become. For this project, i have decided to make an immigration salad. as each individual immigrant joins america from their homeland, they will also join america and it's citizens in a huge bowl, filled with delicious vegetables and mixed and blended together in perfect harmony.

immigrants make up 43.3 million people in the u.s (roughly 13.5%) amongst 325.8 million american citizens, immigrants are only a small portion in the u.s.

fresh express, a popular united states grown lettuce mix bag, will make up the u.s citizen's portion of the salad. grown in california, this iceberg lettuce is the market leader for home grown greens. American citizens are like lettuce because once the toppings and everything is blended, the lettuce holds everything together in perfect balance.

MEXICO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 59% OF MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS IN THE U.S.

IN MEXICO, AVOCADOS ARE GROWN ALL YEAR LONG. AVOCADOS ARE "GOOD FATS" WHICH HELP YOUR BODY ABSORB FAT-SOLUBLE NUTRIENTS VITAMINS A, D, K, AND E. AVOCADOS IN A SALAD CREATES A SMOOTH TEXTURE AMONGST THE MANY CRUNCHY PARTS. ALTHOUGH MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS ONLY MAKE UP 4% OF THE U.S WORK FORCE, MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS HAVE BECOME A HUGE PART OF AMERICAN SOCIETY.

11% of immigrants in the u.s come from central america and 6% comes from south america

many local farms and families in the u.s grow their own tomatoes, however, cultivated tomatoes originated from south and central america. it is known that tomatoes grew in the wild in the southern part of south america and was brought up to central america and mexico when indians and natives migrated. many central americans come to the u.s trying to find jobs. the most common jobs are house keepers, farmers, and working in factories. without the help of central american immigrants, who would grow the food for us in california? who would package and ship the food to local grocery stores? tomatoes are an important part of u.s society, they may be behind the scenes, but they put a little extra crisp into our salad.

Asian immigrants make up 11% of the U.s population

Carrots are believed to be cultivated and wild grown in central asia. carrots can come in the colors of orange, purple, yellow, and white. as 11% of immigrants in the u.s, asian immigrants have brought their cultures and influences to america, as well as their bold and colorful carrots to the salad bowl.

Canadian and european immigrants share 4% of united states immigrants

Canada Is known for it's rich thick soil for farming. many vegetables and produce is shipped to the u.s. red peppers are grown through june and august, then picked in september. even though only a small part of canadians are immigrants in america, the red pepper puts a little kick into it.

Italian red onions

Sweet Italian Red Onions are the result of over 20 years of breeding. Onions are staple part of almost every cuisine in the world. as 2% of Europeans make up u.s immigrants, a sweet and pungent vegetable from italy is needed to awaken the salad.

Caribbean immigrants add up to 4% of immigrants living in america.

fried plantains are eaten in Latin America through West Africa to East Africa, and in many parts of Southeast Asia. plantains are also eaten in south america and the caribbean where an african heritage is present. fried plantains are fried in oil and can be topped with sour cream (usually served as an appetizer.) although only a small percent of caribbean immigrants live in the u.s., the still are present and a part of the dish being served.

2% of immigrants come from the middle east (Shocker, right?)

it's hard to believe that only 2% of immigrants in the united states comes from the middle east. with the rising problems with syrian refugees, many argue where they should go. however, it is important to include them into american society. a popular food in the middle east is afghanistan almonds. they are grown in the winter months of december and january.

lastly, 3% of immigrants are classified as "other"

the remaining 3% of immigrants are going to be the bowls that hold the salad. in my research, it didn't list where the last 3% came from. even though it wasn't listed, the 3% of immigrants are still important to our society. They will be the structure that holds everyone together in perfect balance.

Now that the salad of the u.s is complete, we can look at something beautiful that is created. the people living in the u.s aren't literally a salad, however, we are people of different colors, shapes, ethnicities, and traditions. people live in america to be free and culturally diverse. just like vegetables, people originate from everywhere. and somehow they all come together, just like in a salad, to blend as together as one.

instead of focusing who is coming into america and taking jobs, we should focus on making the world a beautiful place, a place where we can embrace the people who we love and cling onto. we should be learning their cultures, their stories, how life was like where they come from. there are many horizons outside of the united states. begin living by traveling and meeting new people! it will open up your eyes to see people and the world around you.

Credits:

Created with images by stokpic - "hands world map" • Unsplash - "statue of liberty landmark liberty" • Pexels - "american flag close-up flag" • Pezibear - "salad lettuce green" • Free Grunge Textures - www.freestock.ca - "Mexico Grunge Flag" • stevendepolo - "Grilled Avacados June 21, 2013 37" • Unsplash - "machu picchu mountains south america" • briansuda - "Tomatoes" • Free Grunge Textures - www.freestock.ca - "North Korea Grunge Flag" • swong95765 - "Bunches of Carrots" • alexindigo - "Canada" • joeannenah - "italy flag" • Kathy McGraw - "Fall Peppers" • Daria-Yakovleva - "onion red onion crimean onion" • lapping - "isla diablo san blas panama" • Mark Bonica - "fried plantains" • Free Grunge Textures - www.freestock.ca - "Afghanistan Grunge Flag" • PIRO4D - "almonds cores nuts" • NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "Black Marble - Asia and Australia" • SeRVe Photography - "Salad Bowl" • msqrd2 - "salad food dish" • maxlkt - "hand united hands united" • fdecomite - "travel"

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