While great jobs have been landed and money is being made hand over fist, much of it returning to countries of birth as much-valued remittances, the fact remains that all immigrants remain 'second-hand' citizens.
While that may or may not sway would-be migrants, check out the horror story on Twitter of the most recent success story, that of newly-crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri:
"And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic," tweeted @Granvil_Colt and later the tweet was deleted.
@dcraig_1 cause I made a little joke last night about the woman who won Miss America. Now I'm the most hated man in the world.— POOKIE. (@Granvil_Colt) September 16, 2013
Apparently tearing your ACL is more important than serving your country. This pageant is bullshit and I'm done. #MissAmerica— Princess Problems (@PrincessProbz) September 16, 2013
This world is so ignorant. #MissAmerica Indian or not had every right to gain the title of MissAmerica. This is why I want to leave America!— CJ Ugbaja (@CJlovebug) September 16, 2013
The Nina Davuluri storm was repeated to an extent elsewhere on social media too, but that is another story.