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America Never Wanted the Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses

The U.S. is a diverse nation of immigrants — but it was not intended to be, and its historical biases continue to haunt the present.

The Statue of Liberty, almost completely covered in dripping silver paint, floating, facing a dark blue wall, and casting a dark shadow.
Illustration: Lucas Dörre

By Caitlin Dickerson

When David Dorado Romo was a boy growing up in El Paso, Texas, his great-aunt Adela told him about the day…




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