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Ever Heard of Burmese Sushi Counters? You’ve Probably Been to One - The New York Times
Gam Aung, a Burmese refugee, had never heard of sushi before arriving in the United States three years ago. Today, he makes six figures a year hawking creations like the Dazzling Dragon roll and the Mango Tango.
nytimes  gamaung  refugees  burma  sushi  burmesesushi  immigrants  immigration 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Border Is All Around Us, and It’s Growing - The New York Times
For much of the United States’ history, national frontiers were fluid, expanding through territorial conquest and purchases. But at the start of the 20th century, as Arizona and New Mexico approached statehood and the country’s continental borders became stable, so did the desire to secure them and police them — first through congressional acts that prohibited immigration from certain countries and later through the building of fences and walls.
unitedstates  mexico  border  borders  immigration  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What Does It Take to ‘Assimilate’ in America? - The New York Times
What does assimilation mean these days? The word has its roots in the Latin ‘‘simulare,’’ meaning to make similar. Immigrants are expected, over an undefined period, to become like other Americans, a process metaphorically described as a melting pot. But what this means, in practice, remains unsettled. After all, Americans have always been a heterogeneous population — racially, religiously, regionally. By what criteria is an outsider judged to fit into such a diverse nation? For some, assimilation is based on pragmatic considerations, like achieving some fluency in the dominant language, some educational or economic success, some familiarity with the country’s history and culture. For others, it runs deeper and involves relinquishing all ties, even linguistic ones, to the old country. For yet others, the whole idea of assimilation is wrongheaded, and integration — a dynamic process that retains the connotation of individuality — is seen as the better model. Think salad bowl, rather than melting pot: Each ingredient keeps its flavor, even as it mixes with others.
america  unitedstates  immigration  assimilation  culture  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Uprooted - The Intercept
Born in the United States, Learning to Live in Mexico
immigration  mexico  theintercept 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is It Possible to Resist Deportation in Trump’s America? - The New York Times
Living under draconian state laws, Arizona activists honed an effective strategy for keeping undocumented immigrants in the country. Can the same tools still work today?
nytimes  nytimesmag  marcelavaldes  deportation  immigration  arizona  activists  activism  undocumentedimmigrants 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Scared Should People on the Border Be? - The New York Times
Most of it is, in fact, “fake news” — conjecture and unverifiable gossip exchanged over “el Feisbuk,” which is what people here in the Rio Grande Valley call the social network. Instead of snapshots and emojis, it now disseminates warnings. People are frightened, and frightened people repeat things that frighten them more:

Stay at home tomorrow. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is conducting raids in the kitchens.

Don’t send your kids to school on Wednesday. The border patrol is looking for kids with no papers.

Don’t drive down 802 on Fridays anymore.

There’s a checkpoint at the grocery store. They arrested 100 people last night at 10.

Who knows? Some of it might be true.
nytimes  texas  immigration  theborder  border  illegalimmigrants 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Where Are the Children?
Tougher border security has made migrants more vulnerable. Routes are more perilous, and organized crime controls many smuggling operations. One activist says, “The harder you make it to cross, the more people can charge, the more dangerous the trip becomes.”
immigration  border  bordersecurity  crime  thenewyorker  smuggling  migrants  organizedcrime 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Immigrant Number One
How Ellis Island’s First Immigrant, Annie Moore, Became an American Mystery
newyorkmagazine  history  newyork  ellisisland  immigration 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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