William Yoo

William Yoo teaches American religious and cultural history at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  The author of American Missionaries, Korean Protestants, and the Changing Shape of World Christianity, 1884-1965 (Routledge), he is currently writing a documentary sourcebook of Presbyterian history in the United States (Westminster John Knox, 2017).

The subject of immigration engenders contentious debate, complex discussion, and conniving diatribe among Americans. Four years ago, the mother of a recently elected Republican senator implored her son to be compassionate in his legislative work on the issue. She reminded him of their own family’s journey from central Cuba to south Florida and noted that undocumented immigrants—she called them los pobrecitos, “poor things”—are human beings seeking dignity, work, and a better future just like they were. One wonders if Marco Rubio remembers his mother’s message.
February 9, 2016