The emancipatory act (so unique to refugees worldwide) of placing kin before nation is captured in an old North Carolina ballad, “He’s Gone Away” — the most poignant version I believe is sung by renowned soprano Kathleen Battle. The folk song ends with the words “look away over yonder.”
Given the anti-immigrant rhetoric dominating public dialogue, you might be forgiven for not knowing that the majority of immigrants to the United States are here legally , or that about 1 in 7 U.S. residents are immigrants — a percentage three times as high as in 1970. As things stand, 1 in 5 adults see immigration as “the most important problem facing the nation.”
The trend was unmistakable as we updated our now-administration-long project tracking the president’s false or misleading claims. Before March and April, about 9 percent of Trump’s claims were on immigration every month. But in those two months, that number jumped to 16 percent. In other words, it nearly doubled.