Harder than immigrants work
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“Harder than immigrants work”: Immigrants are automatically at a disadvantage in a new country, so they have to work hard to gain not only money to support themselves but to gain social status.
“Harder than immigrant’s work”: Immigrants (especially illegal ones) today are often given jobs many regular Americans would find undesirable, gross, or just straight up hard.
He also insinuates that he feels like an immigrant or an outsider even though he is returning home, not leaving it.
An illegal immigrant is naturally on enemy turf if they are not a citizen. And some immigrants lay turf, just a connection.
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