Though located over 80 miles from the border, Fort Davis National Historic Site was important to include here because of its centrality to our complicated national immigration story.

Consider that between 1854 and 1891, African American Buffalo Soldiers serving under white U.S. officers at Fort Davis were ordered to protect emigrating whites from attacks by Apaches, Comanches, and Kiowas, in a land that only a few years earlier had belonged to Mexico.

The nearby town of Fort Davis, Texas boasts a beautiful courthouse.

On its lawn, a statue dedicated to Manuel Gonzalez lauds "Fort Davis’s one man army," for the nearly superhuman feats this lone Latino man wrought during battle in WWII.

Latinos like Gonzalez lived in West Texas centuries before whites settled there.

They and the Native American population give deep meaning to the phrase "fighting to protect our homeland."