We are so use to seeing ourselves and our country through Ibrahim's perspective--the Statue of Liberty welcome, the Home of the Brave land of opportunity, and the great American Dream--that we are often not sure how to react when we encounter the opinions that Julie expresses.
"America, America. The great and terrible USA. Australia, New Zealand--that would have been something better? Anywhere would be. America. The harshest country in the world." (p. 230)
Part of you wants to tell her: "Fine. Stay in the desert and eat sand. Wake and bake."
But we also know that she is not entirely wrong, and the scenarios she envisions for Ibrahim, the new immigrant, are as realistic as they are harsh. One need only look at this summer's immigration debates in Congress to see how poorly some people are treated here. Let's not discuss living on a minimum wage. Or border fences. Or Homeland Security.
It is not "We are going to America."
Do you think that Julie and Ibrahim will ever see each other again?