Hello, and welcome once again to As It Is, the daily magazine show from VOA Learning English.
I'm Christopher Cruise.
Today, we report on an effort by eight United States senators to reform the country's immigration policies.
We turn away people from entering the country who can creat thousands of jobs and let people cross our borders who could take away jobs.
And we go back 76 years ago to a deadly, fiery crash that ended the dream of a new kind of air transportation.
But first, we report on what artists did when African migrants in the Italian city of Florence were attacked.
Florence is world famous for its art and beauty. Less well-known is that many immigrants live there. Recently, some immigrants from Africa were attacked.
Now, a group of artists is publicizing how immigrants to Florence have affected its culture -- past and present. VOA correspondent Henry Ridgwell recently visited the city.
Avi Arditti has his report.
Florence is known for its beautiful architecture and works of art. The city has been at the center of Western art for many years. It was the birthplace of the Renaissance -- the great expansion of Western art that began in the 14th century.
Now, a group of Florentine artists is thinking about what it means to be Florentine in the 21st century. They are re-creating Renaissance paintings using photographs of the city's immigrants.
Mark Abouzeid is an American-Lebanese photographer who lives in Florence. He helped organize the show called "The New New World." He says the exhibit gained speed after a gunman shot and killed two Senegalese immigrants in December of 2011.
"We decided instead of being angry and saying everything that's wrong, why don't we for once just show everything that's right, from the Renaissance when we reached out to culture to create something so beautiful the world has never forgotten, to today when -- thanks to the immigrant community -- we have a cultural renaissance taking place again."
Elhadji Sall is from Senegal, but now lives in Florence. He sat patiently as hair stylists, costume designers and lighting engineers prepared him for the photo shoot.
Sal explains that in Sengal he had worked for the public water utility. He says he had everything -- a job, a wife, two children, a home. While on vacation, he met another Senegalese who lived in Florence and insisted he visit, and he says he found the most beautiful city he has ever seen.
"The New New World" exhibit can be seen at Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. The organizers plan to bring the show to other parts of Italy.
I'm Avi Arditti.
1.Renaissance n. 文艺复兴（欧洲14至16世纪）
The tradition of these decentralized city-states that were the heart of the Renaissance.
2.stylist n. 设计师；
She is now a writer and fashion stylist.
3.costume n. 服装，装束；戏装，剧装
The advertisements of costume in Paris broadened his outlook.