The e-mails started flooding historian Erika Lee’s inbox the week after the election of Donald J. Trump. Lee, who is director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and has written extensively about US immigration history, recalls that her fellow scholars had “questions like ‘what are we going to do when the deportation trains start running again?’”
Professor Erika Lee, graduate student Evan Taparata, and other scholars associated with the Immigration History Research Center have come together to help us understand Trump’s executive orders on immigration by creating an annotated version of the order itself.
The Immigration History Research Center has taken the lead in creating a public syllabus on the history of immigration to the US. The hope is that ordinary citizens can better understand the complexities--and myths--of our immigration past and present.
Pa Eh Soe was a little girl when her family left a refugee camp in Thailand for the United States, and she had to leave her best friend behind. But Soe, now a high school student in St. Paul, never forgot her friend, and a brief story about the bond they shared is now part of the archives at the University of Minnesota.