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Beyond the BorderlandsMigration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico$
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Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269583

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269583.001.0001

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(p.239) Epilogue
Beyond the Borderlands

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

University of California Press

It is noted that the sentiments of Mexicans include a combination of thankfulness for the economic opportunities which living in the United States provided and a deep regret that their families were separated and that they were forced to leave their home. Although Mexicans have been settling in Kennett Square for two decades, there are still challenges to adjusting to life in the United States. In Kennett Square, the rapidly growing Mexican population continues to pose challenges for settlers and their citizen neighbors alike. Kennett Square's past does not appear to be its future. The Cinco de Mayo celebration continues to be an annual event in Kennett Square. Kennett Square provides an example of how a community can adapt to the transformations brought about by the settlement of a significant number of immigrants, but also shows that these transitions are not easy for citizens or their newly arrived neighbors.

Keywords:   Mexicans, United States, Kennett Square, Cinco de Mayo, settlement, immigrants, economic opportunities

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