Publication Date

April 2018

Advisor(s)

H. Shellae Versey

Major

Psychology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Historically, the idealized American Immigration story depicts a voyage to the United States where one settles, works hard, becomes an American citizen, and builds the ?American Dream.? Today, the story and expectations have changed. This story concentrates on the lives of three women ? a mother who immigrated from the West Indies to the United States with the hopes of achieving a better life for herself and her family; an older daughter who immigrated from the West Indies to the United States at the age of 9 to be reunited with her mother; and the youngest daughter, an American-born citizen of the United States. Through the parallels and differences of their own distinct perspectives, this story reveals the realities of immigrating to the United States while navigating issues around citizenship, the lack of documentation, and the lack of legal protection on the way to the American Dream.

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