Esther Schor is the author of Emma Lazarus (Nextbook/Schocken).

Common Tongue

Instead of a mother-tongue or fatherland, Esperantists have a language that is their collective child. And they act like proud parents: Don’t dare tell them they speak a fake tongue.

On the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, it’s important to remember what that great lady stands for as immigration is under assault across America.