In body and spirit, America and Americans need to heal. We have endured a long and divisive election campaign and a coronavirus pandemic that has turned normal life upside down. And even before that, we have been divided on other matters, including when we or our ancestors came to the nation we proudly call the United States.
Sadly, we have seen immigrants demonized and denounced for the past four years. The United States has turned into the Divided States, splitting us along many lines. So much of our political debate tells us that someone, someplace, is taking something from us — and many people blame immigrants for many of our problems. Unfortunately, we are talking past each other at the precise time we need to be talking to each other.
This turning on each other needs to stop — for the benefit of us all.
America’s defining characteristic is that we are a nation of immigrants. Whether you came to this country a year ago or your ancestors came here centuries before, nearly all of us have immigrant roots. Throughout our history that endurance, often