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Ali '95: My Long, Unfinished Path to American Citizenship

In an essay in The New Yorker, Mohammed Naseehu Ali '95 reflects upon his ongoing path to becoming an American citizen, which, he fears, could be compromised by the country's increasingly stringent immigration policies. 

Mohammed Naseehu Ali

Despite those fears, Ali writes, he is "consoled by the fact that the current turmoil is not without precedent, and that just as the Germans and the Irish suffered discrimination and taunts of “Go back home,” in the eighteen-hundreds, and just as Jews fleeing Nazi Germany were denied entry, during and after the Second World War, this current, ugly period in American history shall pass."