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Since its inception, the United States has been a melting pot, home to people of different cultures and backgrounds. Leaving one’s home is an enormously difficult decision, and those who come to America do so seeking a better life for their families and opportunities that cannot be found in their home countries. As immigration becomes an increasingly contentious issue, the stories of those who immigrate to this country become more important than ever—and yet too often go unnoticed. These five fictional books feature diverse and complex characters, all coming to America to improve their life in some way.
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