BY Ama Nunoo, 1:30pm December 18, 2019,

How Bob Marley and other famous immigrants left an indelible mark in the U.S.

World fashion Icon Oscar de la Renta is originally from the Dominican Republic, he has designed clothes for many Hollywood icons and Presidential first ladies, Photo: Britannica/Pinterest

Anytime the conversation on migrants or immigration pops up, the media is quick to shed light on the negative aspects of it.

Bad news sells. Although there are positive sides to immigration, little is said about it.

Most political debates among many developed nations have immigration at the core. It has sparked conflicts and there are too many stereotypes and generalizations when addressing immigrants, especially in the USA.

In Donald Trump’s administration, a crackdown on immigration has been brutally enforced and the negativity attached to it mostly dominate media discussions.

Trump has often said immigrants are the most perpetrators of crime in the US, they are “rapists” and the ones who run the drug rings.

Others also share the view that “immigrants cause “crises,” they are thought of as “illegals,” they suck up resources and lower wages.”

Now is the time to highlight the great contributions of immigrants to the world and the US because “every American who has ever lived, with the exception of one group, was either an immigrant himself or a descendant of immigrants,” wrote a young senator in 1958. The statesman’s name was John F. Kennedy, who was the grandchild of Irish immigrants.

Others are also insensitive to migrants and immigration in general without realizing the immense contributions they make to any community they find themselves.

“It’s more important than ever to highlight the unbelievable value that immigration has brought to the U.S.—not just through key additions to our culture and diversity, but through the introduction of people who have helped make this country as great as it is.”

Today being world international migrants’ day, let us look at some popular migrants who have left an indelible mark in the US.

Last Edited by:Kent Mensah Updated: December 18, 2019


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