S: Afghan Immigrants in the U.S.
BC: The End | By Dani Engert
FC: Afghan Immigrants in the United States
1: Life in Afghanistan has many disadvantages. The country is very poor, the food is low quality and expensive, and there is a lack of education, health care, jobs and homes. Also, in Afghanistan, capital punishment including cruel ways of execution is legal. | So, it is only natural that the people of Afghanistan would want to move to a place where they could better themselves and improve their way of life.
2: This is where California comes in! Many Afghans made the decision to move to Northern California communities such as Fremont. Within the last 40 years, this community has grown with many diverse populations, mostly Afghans. Fremont is the holder of the largest community of Afghans in the United States.
3: Some Afghans living in Northern California are very successful in the political aspect of American life, but most don't really have a say, because they haven't fully adopted U.S. culture. For example, there are no members of Congress, senators, mayors, or even school board members in Northern California that are part of the Afghan community. The politically isolated community does have "spokesmen," but they speak among themselves about political issues within their own community.
4: On October 10th, 2011, the Afghans in their Californian community walked the streets of Fremont to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the war going on in their homeland against the United States. The people were calling out for peace among countries and when asked if the U.S. should leave Afghanistan, one resident stated, "No, it is not the time to leave. I worry about what would happen to the U.S. if they were to leave Afghanistan." This shows that although it is their mother country, Afghans living in the Fremont community and all over America care about this country and it's well being.
5: In conclusion, there are many Afghans living in Northern California today. Although their way of life is different here and they make it a point to hold on to their mother country's background and its ideas, some Afghans adopt and take part in American culture.