"When others ask, ‘Where are you from?’ I tend to respond with ‘New Jersey.’ Usually, they are never satisfied with that answer because for them, it does not explain why I have the last name I have, why my hair is so conspicuously curly, why my skin is brown, and why I am able to speak Spanish." — Alex Santana, 21, Spanish- and Dominican-American
"I am proud to be here today as another hopeful wanderer, a son of Italy, of Ireland and of Holland — and to wish God's grace, safe passage and good fortune to those who are crossing our borders today — and to give thanks to those who have come before, whose journey, courage and sacrifice made me an American." - Bruce Springsteen, Ellis Island Award Ceremony
Tere Chavez Pedrosa, a prominent South Florida attorney, explains what motivated her to pursue a legal degree.
"Tony, what a wonderful time I had sharing my story. It was so touching to remember the wonderful family times with my beautiful mom and my wonderful father and my special sisters. What an honor it was to give my story about my family. You have an amazing gift to make someone feel so comfortable about sharing very personal stories. I look forward to hearing more great things about this project and cannot wait to see my personal story in the archives! Bless you Tony, and your family." - Debe Campos-Fleenor