Beth Werlin, Deputy Legal Director for the American Immigration Council, discusses the recent...
Green Card Stories
The immigration debate is boiling over. Americans are losing the ability to understand and talk to one another about immigration. The new Arizona immigration law makes it clear that we must find a way to connect on a human level.
Green Card Stories does just that. The book depicts 50 recent immigrants with permanent residence or citizenship in dramatic narratives of about 1,000 words each, accompanied by artistic photos. Rather than couching immigration in terms of economics or politics, these stories appeal to the heart.
Each story is as old as the foundation of this immigrant nation, but also reflects the global trends and conflicts of the 21st century: the aspiring dentist who fled war-torn Sudan with just three T-shirts and a pair of shoes; the Caribbean-born orthopedic surgeon facing deportation; the Iraqi bodyguard for U.S. troops blinded by a car bomb; a former Mexican farm worker and school dropout turned high school principal. Arriving from all corners of the globe, coming for work, love, to study or escape persecution, they all share a steely resourcefulness and a fierce love for America. Green Card Stories tells the true story of our nation: E pluribus unum--out of many, one.
Green Card Stories is, on its face, a simple undertaking. But it also has far-reaching aims. Green Card Stories dispels the myth that today’s immigrants are not as hard-working, energetic, and eager to integrate into U.S. culture as past generations of new arrivals. If the book’s profilees share a common trait, it’s a mixture of talent and steely determination. Each of them overcame great challenges to come and stay in America.
The team behind Green Card Stories includes photographer Ariana Lindquist (photographs in The Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, and Time; a first place winner in 2008 World Press Photo competition), writer Saundra Amrhein (nationally recognized journalist of 17 years who specializes in immigration issues), and two of the leading immigration attorneys in the U.S.: Stephen Yale-Loehr (immigration law professor at Cornell Law School) and Laura Danielson (chair of the immigration law department at Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis).
Hardcover/11.5 × 8 inches 140 pp/50 full color photographs ISBN: 978-1-884167-55-3 $50 USD
($15 from each sale benefits the American Immigration Council)