In September 2017, the Trump administration announced that it would end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. By spring 2018, President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy had separated more than three thousand migrant and refugee families at the US-Mexico border. As construction began on an unprecedented border wall, President Trump stood before the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018, and stated, “America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.” The relationship between the United States and its Latin American neighbors is growing increasingly contentious. The shared values that undergirded civic life in the United States—namely liberty, equality, and democracy—are under ever more urgent threats.

In this moment, I could not help but recall the Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar’s provocative This Is Not America which was projected in New York’s Times Square in 1987. Jaar critiqued the...

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