Chapman Law Review


"The American Dream: 'a happy way of living that is thought of by many Americans as something that can be achieved by anyone in the United States especially by working hard and becoming successful.' 2 Hard work. Perseverance. Opportunity. These are words often associated with the concept that anyone who works hard, is driven, and that if one plays by the rules, they can achieve success and stability in America. 3 The original concept of the 'American Dream' was founded in ideals of equality, justice, and democracy. 4 However, many hardworking, driven immigrants would probably disagree with the idea that a path to success in America can be paved simply through hard work and success. Across the United States, people mistakenly believe that immigrating to the country 'the right way' is an easy or even attainable process. 5 However, there are very few ways to immigrate to the United States legally. 6 The United States offers green cards to four basic categories of individuals: (1) relatives of legal immigrants; (2) a limited number of skilled workers sponsored by U.S. employers; 7 (3) refugees and asylum seekers; and (4) applicants from countries that send few immigrants to the United States. 8"



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