Immigrants and their descendants have long been a part of America and indeed the world. A clear example is the Statue of Liberty, which bears words written by Emma Lazarus, a poet descended from Jewish immigrants. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,” reads her poem The New Colossus, “yearning to breathe free.”

ELLE curated 16 powerful books written by immigrant authors and endorsed by 15 writers with immigrant backgrounds and one truth rings clear – the books echo an imprtant message for them.

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