By: Juliet Cohn & Vanessa Trueba
In Sarah Crossan's Weight of Water, Ibi Zoboi's American Street, Gale's "Immigration" article, Patricia Smith's "The Great immigration debate" article, Rhupi Kaur's "Like Flowers Ache" for Spring poem, and Rhupi Kaur's "Split between Two Worlds" poem all the authors demonstrate immigration and its effects. Like not having enough money, sanitation, and becoming homeless; leading people onto depression, self hatred, and much more.
Some info on Immigration
Immigration is when a person leaves their country and goes to live in another country. There are many different reasons why people leave where they initially lived. Some leave to go on an adventure, to have a new start, to have a better start/life for their kids, etc.
Poverty is common in the U.S. and in 2016 14% of Americans lived in poverty. One of the main causes of poverty is lack of education. Immigrants have a lack of education about America and sometimes even speaking English. This makes it hard for most to get a job and then they do not have enough money to support themselves or their families. This leads them to live in bad conditions and possibly starving. Poverty can also lead them to become sick because of their bad living conditions.
There are two main types of immigrants, undocumented and documented immigrants. Also known as illegal and legal immigrants. Illegal immigrants are immigrants that have not come into the country by the governments' laws and are considered criminals. They are not legally to get a driver's license, passport, or even a banking account. Legal immigrants are about the opposite and are free to do whatever they want in the country. Except they are not a citizen immediately, but can become a citizen later on.
Sanitation is a problem for immigrants because,if a immigrant crosses the border illegally they need treatment from the diseases they caught. Some immigrants don't even know how to use the restroom which is unsanitary and exposure to human waste. They also live on the streets or in falling apart houses letting more diseases get into their immune system and making them sick.
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The United States provides many oppurtunities for immigrants and has a lot of immigrants inhabited there. My point is proved when Gale writes, "The United States has been the world's leading destination for immigrants since 1960. In 2016 the United States hosted nearly 50 million foreign-born residents" (Gale).
Sarah Crossan's Views on Immigration
Sarah Crossan views immigration as bad for children and in her novel The Weight of Water Kasienka (the main character) gets bullied at school and is ignored by her mother at home. She gets bullied for her race and the way she looks. While at home her mother thinks that Kasienka is a failure and her mother feels too much stress to even think about Kasienka. This leads Kasienka to think dark thoughts, become depressed, and hates herself for being herself. This all comes from them moving to England from Poland to just find her father that she didn't even want to find. She knew her father wanted to leave and to never see Kasienka again. She just wanted to go back home to Poland. THis develpoed because Kasienka found one friend and got a boyfriend which made her feel like she fit in more and most of the self hatred was fading.
Rupi Kaur's Views on Immigration
Rupi Kaur views immigration as a stressful thing for anyone. She proves this in her poem when she writes, “(T)o have your entire life split between two lands and become the bridge between two countries”. This explains how a person has to basically live two lives. One in a new country where you have a new start and one in your home country where you grew up. In her second poem she explains how much she longs for her mother and how she would give up anything to see her mother who could live in another country or could have gotten deported. This puts stress on many people, but is worth getting a new start in the long run.
Ibi Zoboi's Views on Immigration
Immigration is a very important detail of America, " Immigration involves moving to a new country with the intention of settling there permanently after leaving one's country of citizenship. In many cases, immigrants go on to become citizens of the receiving nation" (Gale)
Ibi Zoboi views immigration as an unfair and sad thing. In the novel American Street she shows how the main character, Fabiola, feels about her mom getting detained. Fabiola and her mother are trying to go to Detroit from Haiti to stay with some relatives. Her mother had gotten detained in New Jersey and Fabiloa had to keep going to Detroit because she was an American citizen at birth. As a child Ibi Zoboi experienced something similar to Fabiola. When Fabiola arrived at Detroit her three cousins picked her up at the airport and told them that Fabiolas' mom didn't arrive. The cousins were known to be, "don't mess around with us" type of sisters. Fabiola feels alone without her mother beside her, she is trying to figure out a whole new environment alone. Fabiola felt heartbroken when she got seperated from her mother.
Bullying is a huge
lead-off of immigration. My point is proved when Sarah writes, "A paper appears in my locker, FYI: You smell like old meat. I hurry to the toilets to sniff myself, and when I'm there, Clair and Marie arrive, with a gaggle of girls"(Crossan 87) .
A lot of pressure is put on immigrants of all ages like not having enough money, not fitting in, and just not knowing which country or place is your actual home. They "have no idea what it is like to lose home at the risk of never finding home again"(Kaur)
Many immigrants get separated from their loved ones and get sad and lonely. "Like flowers ache for spring my heart craves my mother more than anything"(Kaur).
Immigration makes you feel heartbroken. In the novel Ibi Zoboi writes "We will get my manman. We leave the airport. It feels like I’m leaving part of me behind—a leg, an arm. My whole heart.” ( Zoboi 13)
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They have no idea what it is like
to lose home at the risk of never finding home again have your entire life
split between two lands and
become the bridge between two countries
- Rupi Kaur
Like flowers ache for spring my heart craves my mother more than anything
- Rupi Kaur