There is a much broader story about the laborers who perished en route to Mexicali — and the Chinese migrants who continue to arrive to the U.S.-Mexico border each year. It’s one that goes back to the earliest history of Asian immigration to the region, as tens of thousands from China embarked at the turn of the 20th century in search of opportunity along the borderlands.
The differences between the Ukraine and Afghanistan immigration policies are stark, and the reason seems insidious. While Ukrainians are being allowed into the United States with few restrictions, Afghans have to pay bank-breaking fees of $575 each, just to receive no response, for years.
“We were very much living in limbo; we did not know where we were going to go.” Journalist and author Anna Lekas Miller joins New Lines magazine’s Joshua Martin to talk about what it means to live and love in a world divided by borders.
In New York’s Jamaica Bay, local Hindus perform visarjan, the traditional practice of setting sacred objects afloat on the water. To them, it is an age-old act of devotion. To some non-Hindus, it is an act of pollution.
Over time, the bark swelled and waned and folded over the wires, swallowing them. Now six of our fitneh trees have bumpy trunks, and I wonder whether their form is a reminder of our cruelty. We never wrapped any lights around the bougainvillea. They remain intact, their branches full of thorns, and perhaps for this reason they will not remember us.
Kamel had raised the American flag on his rooftop in the hope that the French would not aim their guns in his direction. But the French attacks were more wanton and severe. A shell raged toward his house, piercing one of its walls.