Willy Chirino: The story of an unaccompanied child refugee who became a multi-Grammy Award winning artist.
Dr. Eduardo Padron arrived in the U.S. as an unaccompanied refugee at the age of 15. Before leaving Cuba his mother made him promise that he would study and achieve the highest possible degree in America. - "Several times I was tempted to drop out of school, because it was almost impossible to study and work two or three jobs. Getting to school was tough. I had to walk 25 blocks and take two different buses. I had to wake up earlier and sometimes I couldn't get to work. But I had a moral commitment to keep the promise I had made. So when I graduated from High School, I never bought the ring. I always thought if I get that ring I would get comfortable and not feel motivated to continue. I never bought a graduation ring until I received my doctorate. I dedicated that ring to my mother, because she was the inspiration for me to get to that level." - Dr. Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College (the largest institution of higher learning in America with more than 165,000 students), Cuban immigrant, Immigrant Archive Project testimony.
Small Truths, the immigration experience through the eyes of small children, A Documentary.
"I'm here because he left Ireland." - @KimMitRas #6wordtestimonies
"The advice I most remember receiving from my mother and father was "education". They grew up in Mexico and they went through the sixth grade and that was the extent of their education. And coming to the United States to seek a better life for themselves and their family. The thing they told me the most, that I remember, was education - you've got to get educated. It's going to help you prepare for the things that you are going to be facing. I don't even know how they learned that, not having an education themselves. But they knew how important that was. And it was so important to them. They didn't have high paying jobs, but they put five of us through private schools. And that's just because of the importance they felt education had in the United States. It was going to better them, and better ourselves and provide a better lifestyle and better opportunities." - Jaime Cuenca, Allstate Latino, Mexican immigrant, Immigrant Archive Project