America was the promised land only for some people

America was the promised land only for some people

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  • Life has not been amazing in the "Promised Land." I have great work on the railroad, but at what cost?
  • Go back to where you came from!
  • The Chinese immigrants have faced major hostility from the Americans. They assault us and drive us out of their communities.
  • Stop stealing our jobs!
  • I am heartbroken that I cannot return home as the new legislation prevents any Chinese immigration. Will they push us out next? I am living in constant fear. All I wanted was opportunity, to return home with more wealth and experience. 
  • I remember my time coming to this country. Angel Island was already in place and while I did not appreciate the extra measures simply for being Chinese, I was looking forward to joining the land of opportunity. 
  • Now, I realize American is not the promised land for all, only for the lucky. I work long hours in dangerous conditions, only to come home to a rundown slum in Chinatown. The Americans harass us all day long. I wish I could return home.
  • It has really become us versus them, with us doing no wrong. I leave with the final message, that America is only the promise land for some.
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