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By Dindy Yokel:
In “Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, An American Town,” Warren St. John, a New York Times reporter, tells the story of refugees joining a team to reach their goal – a new life in the United States. A front-page article in the Times, in January 2007, began St. John’s reporting on the Fugees and he followed up with two articles inspiring him to write his book. St. John brings together the refugee’s desire for community in the diaspora, education as a means to success, discipline and fun. Refugees and immigrants are at opposite ends of the spectrum. A refugee is a person in exile, one fleeing, no matter the cost, from persecution. The immigrant is one who has opted to settle in a new country. According to the Homeland Security Office Department of Immigration Statistics, 166,392 persons were admitted to the United States as refugees during 2008 (the latest statistics […]