Immigrants Poem Pat Mora Analysis

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Home
The surge of western European immigrants of the past few generations has decreased substantially. Instead, a new generation of immigrants has arrived from Asia and the Middle East, bringing new cultures, religions and languages to an already diverse nation. America is a nation founded by immigrants, and is called a melting pot, the embodiment of new beginnings. Why is it that, despite first generation immigrants enduring similar hardships to get to America, their children view themselves as more American than immigrants traveling to the United States today? Immigrants in America have always been considered the “other”, as in they are not American in their customs, language, or religion. Pre-existing Americans
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Many immigrant parents refused to teach their children their native language for fear of their child being persecuted or turned away from opportunity. These parents’ goal was to make sure their child who was every bit as red-blooded American as a person who had roots going back hundreds of years. Poet Pat Mora expresses the worries of thousands of parents in her poem “Immigrants”: “Will they like our boy, our girl, our fine american boy, our fine american girl?” (Mora 225), afraid that nothing they could do could prevent other people from considering their children immigrants themselves. Now, immigrants celebrate their diversity because “[t]here are now Little Indias, Koreas, Jamaicas, Columbias…” but the “concern is…with our ability to adjust to their presence” (Mukherjee 210-211). There is a different distress among theses new immigrants. Because they do not water down their culture, their differences remain visible. This display of heritage could result in their deportation. In Arizona, there is a law permitting police officers to demand proof of legal residency on threat of being removed from the country. Those who do not look like white Americans are in danger every day because of this law. Though “[t]he distance between America and Europe a hundred years ago seemed vast, unimaginable; the linguistic, cultural and religious differences” (Mukherjee 210), they were still allowed into the country, unlike many immigrants of

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