July 13, 2012
Springsteen on Immigrants
Across the Border
Bruce Springsteen's work has made it to the ImmigrationProf blog (and here) in the past. In 2010, he was honored with an Ellis Island Family Heritage Award. Springsteen's maternal grandfather Antonio Zerilli immigrated to America through Ellis Island from Italy in 1900.
In the book Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll -- a "must read" for any true Springsteen fan, Professor Marc Dolan ties the three songs about Mexican immigrants (the first three above) to Springsteen's time living in southern California in the 1990s.
Springsteen has been attacked on Peter Brimelow's anti-immigrant blog VDare as an advocate of "open borders" based on the song "American Land."
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