“Now is the moment to remind ourselves that these values, and the Tenement Museum’s core message, have not changed. No matter the political climate, we must recognize the threads that bind countless American immigration stories, some centuries old and some just beginning. Nearly every American has an immigrant past. What makes these new immigrants so different from your ancestors? As we prepare to open a new exhibit in 2017 exploring more recent stories of immigration, including families from China and migrants from Puerto Rico, these questions come into even sharper focus. I have to wonder where others might draw the line. At what point in the genealogy does “foreignness” creep in?”

Zach Aarons serves on the Board of Trustees of The Tenement Museum. Read his full responde on Forward.