The immigrant story is a powerful narrative founded on a hope for a better life. For those arriving, the American dream promises that hard work will result in social mobility. Yet, amidst the growing Latinization of the United States, the perception of difference can produce an outlook that establishes newcomers as a threat rather than a positive addition to the receiving community. While this may be commonplace in the history of immigration to the United States, in Knox County today, the contrary seems to be true. Photo: Mario Àlvarez-León, who attends school in Mount Vernon, is an aspiring soccer player. Credit: Silvia and Mario Álvarez.