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La Morada, in Mott Haven, has long been a center for activism. As the son of the owners seeks political asylum, the community has rallied to help.

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.” Continue reading

Fixing immigration starts with this easy step
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Fixing immigration starts with this easy step

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.” Continue reading