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The incontrovertible realities of our physical lives depend on labor -- often that of undocumented immigrants -- that makes apparently endless mundane daily routines possible. This increasingly invisible, underground economy of muscles and sweat, blood and effort intersects in the most intimate ways with those who enjoy the benefits of the virtual world.
Today the immigration question is perhaps as divisive a force in American life as it has ever been, with leading presidential aspirants actually demonizing immigrants generally as criminals, deviants and undercover terrorists. In this season of celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday, it is important to revisit the factors that animated him in order to protect his memory from being misused to serve purposes that he would never embrace.