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Children's LiteratureEvery year thousands of immigrants enter the United States from various countries in South America. Why do these people leave their homelands to journey thousands of miles to start a new life? In this illustrated volume in the "Hispanic Heritage" series readers are offered insights into that basic question. As the authors point out in this eye-opening book, many South American immigrants leave their native lands to seek a better and safer life in the USA. For immigrants from nations such as Columbia or Peru, a major impetus to migrate is or was the instability and danger associated with bloody civil wars. Other South American immigrants flee from nations wherein they are unable to support their families. For some South American immigrants, fleeing their original land is a matter of survival as they are political refugees seeking asylum. Whatever the reason, once in the United States, South Americans face a wide range of challenges and opportunities. In this title readers will both encounter a knowledgeable rendering of this factual back-story as well as the human interest side of it. Throughout this informative and moving book readers are repeatedly allowed to meet actual people who became immigrants. These first-hand stories fill in the blanks as to why and how South Americans come to the United States. This is a powerful story well told by Dr. Limon. 2006, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck