YOUR MOM IS A LAWYER WHO HELPS PEOPLE IMMIGRATE – TO BECOME OFFICIAL CITIZENS – OF THE UNITED STATES.
You usually volunteer at her office two or three afternoons a week helping her file paperwork, which is just fine but kind of boring. You like it better when you get to play with the small children of the families your Mom is trying to help. While she talks with the parents about the legal steps they need to take to become U.S. citizens, you read stories and play Legos with their kids in the office waiting area. It makes you feel good that you’re helping these families, even if it’s just in a very small way.
You know from your mom that it can take many years for someone to legally immigrate and live permanently in the U.S. The people she works with have always seemed like good future citizens to you – they are coming here to create a better life for themselves and their children. You’re also aware that lately there’s been a lot of anti-immigrant feelings in our country – you’ve seen it in the news and heard it from the politicians and even some of your classmates.
All of this makes you reflect back on when your great-grandparents came to the U.S. from Poland just after the first World War. They died before you were born, but you’ve heard the family stories about their struggles to become Americans and to find happiness here. It makes you wonder about what it was like for them compared to the families you see in your Mom’s office every week now.
Immigration is the act or instance of coming into a foreign country to live. Investigate the primary sources. Was it difficult for immigrants to become U.S. citizens in the early 20th century? Make your case.
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Immigration is the act or instance of coming into a foreign country to live.