Bushwick does not have an especially high foreign-born population by New York City standards. According to data collected the Furman Center, the community’s 30.3 percent foreign-birth rate is lower than that of most districts in the city. But among those who did come to the Brooklyn neighborhood from overseas, there are feelings of deep vulnerability. At least, that’s what their art reflects.
In 2017, children involved with an after-school program at PS 116 run by the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services prepared and performed works of art reflecting their feelings about U.S. immigration policy. Two of the videos are below. (City Limits is in the midst of a month-long reporting project on Brooklyn. More on that here.)
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