Years ago, author Philip Caputo stood in one corner of the United States and marveled at the great expanse of our country. America is filled with people from every part of the world, and Caputo was inspired to set out across the U.S. to find out what unites our vast and diverse nation?
That question resulted in a cross-country road trip that is the basis for his new book The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Circle. In his book Caputo talks to regular Americans on his travels to tell a distinctly American story.
During his travels, Caputo and his wife passed through Grand Island, where they found an inspiring story of immigrants working hard to achieve the American Dream. Parade magazine recently published an excerpt of Caputo’s experience in Grand Island in an article, “In Search of America: One Nation, Indivisible.”
The excerpt features Filemon Sanchez, a Grand Island resident who was born into a poor family in Mexico and came to the U.S. seeking a better life. After working as a migrant field hand, a construction worker, and in a meatpacking plant, Sanchez opened a bakery in Grand Island which his family runs to this day.
Caputo points out Sanchez’s story reveals immigrants want the same things as their U.S.-born neighbors: a home, a job, and a better life for their children. And if provided a chance to become citizens, immigrants will work tirelessly for our shared American Dream and continue to make valuable contributions to our communities.