Since you’re from Italy, but have lived in the US for some time now, you have seen two views of immigration. If given the opportunity, do you feel there are benefits for these people to come to the United States over elsewhere, like EU nations? Do your subjects have a choice as to what country or city they go to?
Well they usually get resettled where there are members of their communities already, family, friends, fellow citizens of their country of origin. Sometimes there are conflicts, people would like to move, or go somewhere else. Sometimes you see Africans going to Minneapolis in the middle of the winter and Eastern Europeans going to Fresno, CA, and you start doubting their chances of merging into that reality. But, jokes aside, there are terrific, vibrant communities of refugees all across the States that remind me a lot of the immigration fluxes of Europeans towards America at the start of the last century.
I don’t know if they benefit particularly of coming here over another western country—but I know that America will benefit from their presence, and hopefully these two entities will influence each other. America is a concept that in my eyes really represents a sense of constant change and possibility more than a fixed set of values and rules and customs. Who knows, maybe I’m too romantic, too European.