“Home” Does Not Equal “Citizenship”

Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

Belonging in the Age of the Travel Ban

By Sara Shneiderman*

FROM OUR SERIES, SPEAKING JUSTICE TO POWER: APLA / POLAR RESPOND TO THE TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION

screen-shot-2017-02-21-at-9-45-29-pm “POLAND. 1948. Tereszka, a child in a residence for disturbed children. She drew a picture of ‘home’ on the blackboard.” © David Seymour/Magnum Photos. Published with permission. Original caption.

Where is home? For any of us? What does it mean to belong?

Since the executive order on immigration was signed, I’ve been haunted by a photograph taken by my great uncle David Seymour “Chim” in a Warsaw orphanage in 1948. In it, Tereszka, a displaced child, draws a picture of “home.”  Tereszka’s eyes have been with me since I can remember, a reminder of the lucky circumstances of history that enabled my grandparents to build a new home in the US after arriving as Jewish refugees from Poland…

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