The most important thing that the debate on Immigration showed is the fact that America is unfortunately becoming more like Europe when it comes to this issue and the one of identity. Hearing members of the House of Representative speak, I thought for a moment that I was in a European parliament and that I was hearing members of the hard right (not to say far right) speak about purity and about the fact that foreigners are invading their country and making it theirs by changing its racial and cultural makeup. America used to be proud to be a melting pot and used to believe in multiculturalism and cosmopolitism. However, there seems to have been not a change, but a tilt in the other direction where many feel that homogeneity is the only way to preserve what is good and noble about America. I get the feeling that what is hidden behind this fervent fight against illegal immigration isn’t a feeling of insecurity and the fear to lose a job to somebody who doesn’t have the right to be here, it is also the fear that illegal immigrants do not come from the right country and do not have the right genes. In Europe, the consequence of hard line approach has been disastrous. It has created ghettos within European societies where those illegal immigrants or immigrants who are never able to get citizenship are forced to live with their children. The riots in the suburbs of French showed how explosive the situation resulting from decades of exclusion, of segregation and of discrimination is. America cannot afford to become like Europe when it comes to the issue of immigration and to stop believing that multiculturalism is an obstacle to integration and to patriotism.