SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate


As the daughter of an immigrant, one of the things that really gets to me about this national conversation on immigration is how impersonal it is.

The debate which is dominating the beginning of President Barack Obama’s second term is often times fought and summarized in a narrative of statistics and policies.

We should not think of this issue as just words on paper.

It is about human beings.

In an attempt to focus on the people behind our Great Immigration Debate, we will be displaying each week pictures of the faces of mothers, fathers, children, students, military service members, sisters, cousins, church parishioners, neighbors, boyfriends, girlfriends, colleagues to name a few of those affected by our current policies and enforcement of the laws.

(Despite what Flickr seems to think, none of these pictures are my own. Please read the enclosed description to learn about the photographer.)

The Wise Latina Club would love to feature your Great Immigration Debate photo contribution in our weekly slideshow.

How do you see immigration? Is it a picture–taken with a professional camera or your iPhone–of a rally you attended or just dinner with your family?

Please email your favorite photograph with a short description and your name or the name of the photographer (so we can credit correctly) to either my email or The Wise Latina Club’s official account.

The Wise Latina Club's Dulce-Marie Flecha

The Wise Latina Club’s Dulce-Marie Flecha is a rising senior at Penn State. When she is not writing her honors thesis, she is trying to learn a fourth language, feeding her fashion obsession by Googling her favorite designers’, or begging the Yankees to hit with runners in scoring position. Click here to read more about and connect with Dulce-Marie.

Click here to read other posts in the original TWLC series “Anatomy of an Immigration Debate” which analyze the charged political and social context of the immigration debate and the extraordinary demographic changes confirmed by the 2010 U.S. Census that are re-defining and challenging our notion of the body politic as articulated in the motto imprinted on American currency “E pluribus unum”–”Out of Many, One.”

What aspect of the Great Immigration Debate do you want to see captured in a photograph?
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3 Responses to “SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate”

  1. Rosalinda Lozano says:

    I think you’re right, the immigration issue is certainly about human beings. Americans who are vulnerable to attack because the borders are wide open. Americans who have a president who cares not that the Islamists are uniting with the drug cartels in Mexico and finding their way through our southern borders, silently forming cells to bring down the U.S. This is not about the immigrants anymore, it’s about the safety of the American people and as the daughter of an immigrant, I am grateful to my father for coming to the U.S., but I am most grateful for his love of this country. He has shown us to be pariots. Lovers of the United States of America who fight for our freedoms, not through our selfishness, but through our hard work and loyalty to a country who has given us opportunity – there is a time and place for everything. Now is the time for immigration reform, but it must be accompanied by tightening up the border or it isn’t reform.

    • Dulce-Marie Flecha says:

      I’m not sure I see your point on Islamists entering the U.S. to hurt our country, do you have any studies or articles that can explain that to me?

      I absolutely understand your gratitude to your father. I love going to the Dominican, but I also love being a New Yorker/Penn Stater/American. It’s just who I am, and I’m so proud to know that my mother worked hard to get me to this point in my life.

  2. Jen Valdivia says:

    I feel like my stance on immigration is affected by my belief in the collective well being, or even utilitarianism (greatest good for the greatest number of people). Although we, as Americans, may put ourselves at risk for allowing fluid boarder crossing and possibly allowing criminals in, I believe that allowing the opportunity for immigrants to prosper (which is very difficult, but still possible in America) is more important than, and outweighs the chances of possible adverse consequences from potential criminals harming us.

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