Give me your tired, your poor; Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . . . The disparity between the eloquent promise of the Statue of Liberty and the recent attacks against immigrants is enormous and reasons for immigration to the United States vary broadly. Yet from the Irish and Chinese in the nineteenth century to the Mexicans and Middle Easterners of the twenty-first centuries, discrimination based on race, class, language, and culture has unfortunately been consistent. Whether the reason for migration is to escape war, seek asylum from persecution, or pursue better economic opportunities, leaving one’s family, friends, and home is never easy, and the posters in this exhibition present the human side of this wrenching experience.
Produced by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, California.