Out of The Shadows

The new immigration law may change the way millions live

Every immigrant has a dream: to be free, unafraid, able to earn a decent living. Those are the benefits that America seems to offer to newcomers to these shores. But the reality is rarely so sunny. For millions of Mexicans, Central Americans, Chinese, Irish and others who enter surreptitiously, America can be as much a prison as a refuge. Most illegal immigrants live along the margins of society, working cheaply, anonymously and without complaint so as to avoid detection by authorities. Although they have become part of the texture of American life, they have remained anxious fugitives, separate and unequal. Part...

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