When today’s Great Immigration Debate reaches a negative extreme, immigrants are seen as being different than Americans. Indeed, someone may have been born somewhere else. Yet her family ties, values, and time spent in America can make her indistinguishable from someone whose family has been here for generations. As President Obama said last week in Las Vegas:
“When we talk about that in the abstract, it’s easy sometimes for the discussion to take on a feeling of us versus them. And when that happens, a lot of folks forget that most of us used to be them. We forget that.
And it’s really important for us to remember our history. You know, unless you’re one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you.”
From Superbowl Champion Baltimore Raven James Ihedigbo, the son of Nigerian immigrants, to DREAMer Activist turned Congressional aid Erika Andiola, these photos explore the theme of national identity through the subjects’ contributions to our country.
(Despite what Flickr seems to think, none of these pictures are my own. Please read the enclosed description to learn about the photographer.)
Beginning next week, you will be able to find a Great Immigration Debate slideshow every Monday morning. Click here to view other posts in this ongoing series.
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.
The Great Immigration Debate Slideshow is part of the original TWLC series “Anatomy of an Immigration Debate.” Posts analyze the charged political and social context of this 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.” Click here to read previous entries.
Have you noticed any immigrants in the headlines lately?