Bruce Springsteen sings “This Land is Your Land” – a beautiful rendition of the Woody Guthrie classic. This song was written by a frustrated Guthrie in protest about the State by State policy on immigration. See Where is Woody Guthrie.
The tragedy of the Dust Bowl swept this great nation during the Depression. People were forced to leave their homes in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Tennessee. They traveled west to be turned away at the California border. They were not welcome. Immigration has never been about humanity or freedom – it is defined by economic despair and economic threat.
Woody Guthrie was an immigrant – turned away at the California border. He never forgot that experience and wrote this song to make his point.