Set aside for a moment the arguments about the United States taking in immigrants and refugees. Let's focus instead on the people who got here, and didn't necessarily want to be here.
Helen Thorpe found a group of young people struggling to learn English and a new culture at a high school in Denver.
They are portrayed in Thorpe's book The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom.
The author joins us with details of her year (and a half) back in high school.