Immigration In The Kite Runner

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The Beginning To The End “Our immigration system is a broken system that needs to be fixed. We need reform that provides hardworking people of good character with a real path towards citizenship” Joe Baca. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, has plenty of tough heart string pulling themes. The theme I found most interesting and will be talking about in this essay is Immigration. The immigration process is a huge risk and sometimes has no results. This is made known by Baba (Amir’s father) and Amir’s (Narrator) journey to America and also Amir’s trip from America to Afghanistan.
How do you know who you can trust during a time of dire need? Even if you pay the price to get help from people you never know who will decide to push the boundaries
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When you get to America some people already think of you as less so it is difficult to obtain a good job or even just natural adaption. It can be hard to flee your country and have to learn a whole new culture as seen by how upset Baba gets in the convenience store. “Almost two years we've bought his damn fruit and put money in his pocket and the son of a dog wants to see my license!” (127). Babe and Amir are used to walking into a store with a stick and the owner carves indentation into the stick to indicate how much Baba owed him. “ He’d carve notches on our stick with his knife. At the end of the month, my father paid him for the number of notches on the stick” (128). Baba is used to everyone knowing him and seeing him as this great inspiring figure. While Baba didn't mind moving to America to give Amir a better life in the process he lost his almost god-like status. It is difficult to balance your old world traditions and new world traditions. It is even more difficult to immigrate to America when you were very successful in Afghanistan. Take Baba for instance, in Kabul he owned multiple businesses and was considered hardworking and successful. Now he is in America and has to work as a gas station attendant to make a living. Although Baba did not complain and took his job with grace others are a lot harder to transfer into a working life when they were seen as successful in Afghanistan. “I learned that he had kept his family on welfare
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