There is no America without outsiders. Call us pilgrims, slaves, refugees, exiles, immigrants, even tourists-we all, directly or indirectly, come from somewhere else. As a nation, the glue tying us together is the shared sense of destiny we nurture and the conviction that somehow this place is different, unlike any other, even exceptional, and that here we may finally breathe free.
AARON BOBROW-STRAIN is a professor of politics at Whitman College, where he teaches courses on food, immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. His latest book, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez, tells the true story of a Mexican teen mother journeying through the U.S. immigration system and the obstacles she faces. Bobrow-Strain effectively puts a compelling human […]