The geography of U.S. immigration has shifted, says Stephen Yale-Loehr, adjunct professor of law. Today’s immigrants arrive predominantly from Asia, Africa, and Latin America instead of Europe, and many are choosing to settle in cities across America rather than in traditional points of entry along the borders and coasts. Though its details have changed, however, immigration continues to tell our essential story: E pluribus unum—Out of many, one.
One of the nation's preeminent authorities on U.S. immigration and asylum law, Yale-Loehr has been gathering immigration stories for thirty years. About four years ago, he and fellow immigration lawyer and scholar Laura Danielson began to mine their own experiences and those of attorneys and advocates from around the country to create a work that would celebrate the resourcefulness, determination and diversity of today’s immigrant America.
The result is Green Card Stories. Written by nationally recognized journalist Saundra Amrhein, with compelling portraits by photographer Ariana Lindquist and an introduction by Yale-Loehr and Danielson, the coffee table-style book shares the narratives of fifty recent immigrants, all with permanent residence or citizenship.
Those profiled include a Japanese hip-hop dancer for Gwen Stefani whose career was inspired by Michael Jackson; an Iraqi bodyguard for U.S. forces who was blinded by a car bomb; and Saah Quigee, who survived torture at the hands of rebel and government forces during his native Liberia’s civil war and is now a circulation supervisor at Cornell’s Africana library.
The Green Card Stories book tour launched with events in New York City and continues to other locations nationwide in the coming months. The book is also profiled on CNN. Those interested in finding events, learning more, or ordering the book can visit the website or view the book’s Facebook page.