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A Comparison Of Mexican And Tongan Immigrant Groups

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A Comparison of Mexican and Tongan Immigrant Groups

I chose to write my paper on the comparison and contrast of two immigration groups. I chose them because they are extremely similar once they have arrived in America, and very different culturally. The two groups that I chose are the Mexicans and the Tongans. It is never easy for someone when they arrive in a new country, but it is how you handle yourself while you are there is what counts, so my goal is to show a brief comparison of these two migrant groups. Living in Arizona you come to interact with quite a few Mexicans in your life. Many people are afraid of what they don’t understand, Mexicans and Americans. It is strange to me that Mexicans are the way that they are with their education. They seem to have very little concern for education, while the Tongans put huge bearing on their children’s education. I have personally spoken to a few Mexicans that I work with about their education, and they all say the same thing, “es no neccesarrio!” Meaning that it is not important to them. They feel that their is no future with an education, meaning if they don’t work they don’t live. I think that is one of the hardships that they have to face coming to somewhere like America, with little education it gives them little opportunity to learn English. I know a few people who are living in America and have been since their children were born. They still don’t know English and have very little concern to learn it. Yet their children know English, fluantly. So in away they are accomplishing their goal, and that is to provide a better life for their next generation. To me what the Mexican parents do for their children is a very noble concept, the problem is if they don’t express the importance of education then these people will continue to progress in this vicious cycle of finding work and food.

The Arizona Republic article “Dying to Work” really sends the readers ideas into a mix of concepts that are trying to change their opinions to fit a certain idea. For example reading about all the people who die crossing the sonoran desert gives you a sense of sorrow for their lives. Then also reading about the one hundred and forty thousand foreign-born individuals that are in jail in the United States. This is when it becomes hard to say that they are dying to work, not just dying to get money. If you read through the articles that are talking about the Mexicans their is always a two sided argument. One for the poor immigrants who have nothing to eat, and one for the gang banging, drug pushing individuals. The sad thing is that the Mexicans are not the only ones doing this. So people can’t so easily call this an illegal immigrant problem. There are a lot of white American born people who are totting guns around and pushing drugs, but they aren’t doing it to feed their family, they are simply lazy. Not to say that all Mexicans are totting guns or are even...

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