A Dream Upended: Moises Serrano on the Aftermath of 9/11

 

Moises Serrano describes how anti-immigrant policies put in place after 9/11 shattered immigrant dreams of belonging. To Moises, these new law enforcement policies defined immigrants as a threat to the nation. Before 9/11, Moises saw his life as one filled with limitless potential. Over the past 20 years, these dreams have been disrupted as he and other undocumented immigrants struggle to survive.

Learning Lab: The Aftermath of 9/11 and the History of Policing

List of internees from Hawai'i, 1944
List of internees from Hawai'i, 1944

Connect past and present through the Learning Lab to discover how issues impacting undocumented communities have deep roots in the nation’s history. In the Aftermath of 9/11, we explore the Smithsonian collections to learn about moments in U.S. history where freedom of movement was curtailed by law due to the way a person looked. With these objects, we see instances when democracy failed to protect all people.