The Jollibee mascot in front of the company’s only New York City location in Woodside, Queens.

Visa Rules, Distant Pride and Fast Food: The Real Life of NYC’s Immigrants

The U.S. debate about immigration moves in broad strokes: images of Syrian refugees massing at Europe's borders, language about threats and dreams. For foreign-born people in New York, life rarely matches the rhetoric. It's about bending visa rules to make life possible, pride in a homeland they can't visit, and fast food that provides a link to the past.