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Eric Nwozuzu
Prof. Dionne Bremyer
English 1102
9 March 2013
Cultural and Personal History of “Outlaw” “Outlaw” tells of the trials and tribulations a young illegal Philippine immigrant faces when living in the United States of America. He tells a little of his cultural background and much of his personal history of living in fear of being caught by the U.S. government for his illegal status. He tells of his great accomplishments while living in America and how he loves the United States and wants to become a legal citizen. Although, many Americans believe that undocumented immigrants are a threat to the United States society, this young man shows that not all illegal immigrants are violent or cause threats to social order. Throughout the story, the question of, “What will happen if people find out?” plays a significant role in the way the author goes about living his life. The cultural and personal histories of the author of “Outlaw” show significance within aspects of obtaining legal American citizenship and being able to work in the United States, the authors accomplished works, and his feelings throughout the text. “The minority threat perspective argues that prejudice and intergroup hostility are largely defensive reactions to perceived threats by subordinate groups,” such as illegal immigrants within the United States (Wang 2). Americans believe that illegal immigrants cause crime rates to soar and that communities in which undocumented aliens live are violent and disorderly. It has been proven that there is no statistical connection between crime rates and illegal immigrants. Studies show that areas of high illegal immigrant populations actually have very low the crime rates, but Americans overlook this fact. The process to obtain American citizenship is grueling. It requires a lot of paper work and time. Without proper paperwork it is hard to procure…...

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