My Antonia: Immigration

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Immigration Changes and Similarities: For Better, Worse, or No Effect? The United States of America is known as “the land of the free”. With the many opportunities and ways to have a better life, America is the place to be. All over the world, people strive, dream, and wish that one day, they will be living here. When people do come to America, they see a light at the end of the tunnel. However sometimes that light is blocked and hard to see because they are different, they are not from here, because they are immigrants. Legal immigration has been around since the early 1900s, which one would think that racism would not be a problem; but it still is. In the book My Ántonia by Willa Cather, it follows the journey of a boy named Jim who has befriended an immigrant from Bohemia named Antonia. Antonia’s family or the Shimerdas came to America to get a chance on the American dream. However, they got faced with challenges along the way, like any other immigrant which comes to America. They all had little education which made it hard for them to get a job for money, the fact that they weren’t accepted causing them to feel alienated, and a bright future ahead of them wasn’t as wide as they were hoping. It has been 93 years since the book was published, and some thoughts toward immigrants have changed for the better, but one would still find similar struggles that immigrants face today. Future is the word that immigrants plaster in their mind. That’s why the Shimerdas and others come to America, to get a better future. However, a better future does not come to you in a nice big present with a bow, you have to earn it. When immigrants do come to America, it is like starting all over. That could be a good thing, but it could also be a bad thing. One big reason it is a bad thing is money. The value could change or things could be more expensive then where

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