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Reviewed by Robert A. Groves for Readers' Favorite
Why Do You Want to Come to America? by Eric Reese is a contemporary essay aimed at the person who wants to migrate to America. Specifically, it is aimed at Muslims who want to migrate to the United States. The essay explores the subjects of money, freedom, marriage, education, religion, and refuge. Beginning with money, Reese portrays a grim and accurate portrait of the financial struggle which exists to realize the American dream once one has arrived in the nation. Unfortunately, that same grimness exists for some native-born Americans. While the author applauds the religious freedom which exists in America, he questions the limits of some other liberties which people think are freely available to all. It was quite interesting to read what Reese had to say about protest and the results from such action.
However, the grimmest picture of all is the one on education. The author portrays foreign students in their native countries as not valuing education as much as western students. From his personal experience teaching in a foreign country, Reese tells of students who were either ungrateful for the education afforded them or thought they were better than their peers because of their educational success. He left no room for the in-betweens. One of the most interesting aspects I found reading this essay was the view in Islam that Muslims are only allowed to migrate to Muslim countries. They may visit other countries out of necessity for medical care, education, business and promoting Islam to non-believers.
Eric Reese’s seven-subject essay titled Why Do You Want to Come to America? discusses various reasons why one might have a desire to migrate to the United States. Reese uses his personal experience as a person of color while teaching in Dubai as the background for forming his thoughts. Although I am not 100% in agreement with all his musings, they are intriguing and enlightening. Reese opened my mind enough to give serious reconsideration to my support of totally open borders and reasons why others want to migrate to America. Many readers will find Eric’s writings controversial and provoking. I just ask the reader to be open enough to his writings to give his thoughts the seriousness they deserve, given the viewpoint from which he writes. I think most people will find some middle ground of agreement. I applaud Mr. Reese’s bravery and willingness to share a different perspective.