Immigration is in the news. This is thanks to the loathsome actions by Trump which have included banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, talk of changing the rules regarding visas, and moves to build a wall between the US and Mexico. All of this is separation and discord. It pushes people in the US away from each other and from the rest of the world. This is terrible for many reasons. One of them is that by closing doors on newcomers, we’re losing some of the strongest people in the world. When you hear an unfamiliar accent on the street, you’re listening to the words of a brave person. He or she has left a homeland to fight for him or herself. The goal is no doubt to pursue dreams. To reach that goal requires sacrifice. These are qualities we need to make our society a better place. With that in mind, here is Dominican immigrant Junot Díaz describing his experiences of being new in the US.