"My mom didn't have much of an education. In order for my mom to get her residency she had to work in the fields. And because of the things that she has done, I used to be so ashamed of it, and never said it to my friends. This is the first time I'm saying it! But I was ashamed to say it. But I think that's what makes me humble, becoming a more humble person, a better person. We all say that we're striving to be a better person. Where do you start? What's your story? That's my story. My mom is my story." - Noe Cesar, Haitian immigrant, Immigrant Archive Project testimony.
"In the end we must remember that no amount of rules or their enforcement will defeat those who struggle with justice on their side." - Nelson Mandela, July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013.
Gisselle Acevedo was just 4 years old when she emigrated to the U.S. with her single mother. Before long, they were both homeless and living in a park in Los Angeles. In this segment, she recalls a pivotal moment that would change not only the course of her life, but the lives of countless young girls just like her.
"In Cuba you get a quarter of a chicken per month. They give you one bread per person a day. So, it makes your life really tough. When I was a little boy, my dream was to play baseball and leave Cuba." - William Levy, Cuban-American actor and former model.
"As I look at today, the immigrants that are coming in to this country, compared to my parents, it amazes me that the story hasn't changed. It's the same story. We're coming here for a better opportunity for our family." - Lisa Jusino, Immigrant Archive Project
"You know, I feel good when I talk about myself, saying that I'm Mexican. I'm proud to be a Mexican." - Melina Franco, Immigrant Archive Project testimony