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Six Immigrant Songs Of Triumph And Tragedy

The members of the NYC rock band Outernational wear their hearts on their sleeves when it comes to immigration issues.
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The members of the NYC rock band Outernational wear their hearts on their sleeves when it comes to immigration issues.

Music is a big part of how many of us celebrate the Fourth of July — whether it's hearing "The Stars and Stripes Forever" while you watch fireworks hit the sky or turning up the radio at a backyard barbecue. That made Tell Me More's Michel Martin wonder about music that captures the immigrant experience.

Immigration songs have a long history in America, from Pete Seeger's "No Irish Need Apply" on down. Over the last 20 years, several themes have emerged from the bulk of immigrants that have come from Central and Latin America: the dangerous trek to the States, missing home, how immigrants are treated and illegality. Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras, the hosts of Alt.Latino, share these lyrical themes on Tell Me More.

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