For progressives, immigrants represent the myth of the American Dream, the ever-so-enticing lie that if you just work hard enough you can climb the class ladder. For the Right, immigrants are all poor (read: criminals) who are drains on the economy. Placed in this dichotomy, it’s easy to see why families like mine fight so hard to be the “good” immigrants. But both narratives reinforce classism, the system that has created a world where you have to “earn” a right to be treated with basic dignity as a human being.
One Wealthy Family’s Immigration Story Told Three Ways
Iimay Ho
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Thank you for writing this. The “immigrant story” is more nuanced than what this dichotomy paints it as, and definitely requires more thought before bringing the pitchfork out.

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