The Valpo Core Reader

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Division and Classification Essay

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As an American, born and raised in the States, do you ever wonder why people immigrate to the United States and leave their loved ones behind? Why do Laotian people or any other foreigners abandon their homeland and families to settle in a place with a totally different culture? It is hard to learn a new language, to live without one's customary diet, and to try to hold onto the customs of one's homeland. So, why move at all? In the 1800s, people migrated to America mostly because of religious persecution or dissatisfaction with the government. But now, in the 1990's, I find that there are three types of immigrants: those who want education for their children; those who want to be rich and enjoy an affluent lifestyle; and those who want freedom.