Immigrants and those who support them often talk about the richness and vitality that newcomers bring to this country, from the original settlers to the slaves dragged here in chains to the lonely and much-reviled Chinese men who built the railroads (Chinese women being legally excluded at the time). They mention the Germans and Dutch, the Italians (who mercifully popularized garlic) and the Irish, Jews from Eastern Europe, and — of course — the migrants from countries south of the border, particularly Mexico. Immigrants contribute new foods, family patterns, skills, languages, arts and literature, but most of all they contribute a refreshing sideways perspective on what it means to be American. And for this, they have been persecuted... More >>>
Dena Martinez in American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose.