How Does The United States Appear To Children Of Immigrants?
Although their parents cross borders in search of the American Dream, the children of illegal aliens, most of them Mexican and Central American, are increasingly being marginalized and are at risk of ending up in the ‘rainbow underclass.’ The same is true for many youngsters whose parents arrived from Haiti, Jamaica, or the Dominican Republic. Since 2002 I have been investigating the conditions surrounding second-generation immigrants in Southern Florida. Young people are adapting to our pluralistic society by shunning conventional employment and turning to entrepreneurship in order to secure independence and improve their standard of living. Whether as graffiti artists, singers, lyricists, photographers, or Internet Casino operators, the new immigrant generation is discovering innovative ways to define that which is American.
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