From Mexico to America: Immigration and Integration


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From Mexico to America: Immigration and Integration
When a man or woman uproots from home in search of a better life in a different country, there are challenges, joys, and pains that will undoubtedly come with the territory.  The book Always Running and the movie My Family tell the immigration and integration stories of two Mexican families living in California.  The stories are similar in that they both shed light on the generational gaps that wedge between first and second-generation immigrants and the experiences that many Mexicans have with American law enforcement.  They are different, however, in the caliber of people their stories portray and the lifestyle choices their characters make.
Both the book Always Running and the movie My...
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.....families who have immigrated to America and struggled to survive- financially, physically, mentally and emotionally- in America.  They portray the common generational gaps that many immigrant families experience and the hatred of police that some Mexican communities feel.  Always Running shows the deepest and darkest experiences that Mexicans in America face and My Family shows the more positive outcomes that many immigrant families hope for.  There is no way to know whether Always Running or My Family is the truest depiction of life in America for Mexican immigrants, but we can only hope for the best.
Works Cited
My Family. Prod. Gregory Nava, movie. American Playhouse, 1995.
Rodriguez, Luis. Always Running. New York, NY : Touchstone, 2005