"We Belong to Each Other": Forgetting Our Oneness at a Town Hall Meeting

by Sue Weishar, Ph.D.

In late August last year, two months after the U.S. Senate had passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill, I attended a Town Hall meeting called by Congressman Steve Scalise. The meeting was held in Lakeview-- one of the New Orleans neighborhoods hardest hit by flooding when the levees failed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Immigrant workers, many undocumented, were essential in rebuilding Lakeview and much of the Gulf Coast after Katrina [1]. I came to the meeting assuming that a neighborhood that had benefited so much from immigrant laborers would be open to the possibility of immigration reform. I was proven wrong. More>>