Two of the Minnesota Somalians indicted on terrorism charges say they thought they were collecting money for the impoverished people of their war-torn country.
Kavitha Rajagopalan is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, where she writes and lectures widely on immigrant integration, global migration and the informal economy, and Muslim immigrant communities in the West. She is the author of “Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West.”
The more we obsess about the legal status of immigrants the less we look at the very real, very deep flaws in our conception of immigration.
This Sunday, Palin tweeted to “Peace-seeking Muslims” entreating them to “pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation.”
Illegal alien. Border hopper. Wetback. Now – “anchor baby.” The current language for undocumented people in this country allows us to think that immigration status defines a person’s basic humanity and right to dignity.