Give me your tired, your poor; Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . .

The enormous disparity between the eloquent promise of the Statue of Liberty and the ongoing attacks against immigrants is enormous. Immigration to the United States varies broadly-who comes, why, from where, and when is emphasized in posters that speak to contemporary efforts to make immigrants' reality closer to Emma Lazarus's aspiration. Yet from the Irish and Chinese in the nineteenth century to the Mexicans and Haitians of the twenty-first century, discrimination based on race, class, language, and culture has unfortunately been consistent. Whether the reason for migration is to escape war, seek asylum from persecution, or pursue better economic opportunities, leaving one's family, friends, and home is never easy, and these posters present the human side of this wrenching experience.

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Legal/Illegal

¡Alerta!

FRAID Anti-Immigrant Border Spray

Aliens Come to the US in Search of Intelligent Life

Who's the Illegal Alien, Pilgrim?

 

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