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"Bonjour, My uncle was an American GI from Chicago during WWII and after the liberation of Paris, met my French aunt. It was love at first sight, even though neither spoke the other's language. They got married and sponsored my dad a few years after my aunt immigrated. He had been a French POW during the duration of the war. After coming to the U.S., he got work in a steel mill. On a trip back to France, he met my mom, again love at first sight. They had a shotgun wedding, and I was born later that year. He brought his new family back to Chicago. We went back and forth between the two countries a few times. My sister was also born in France, but was raised here as well. I am so grateful my parents spoke French to us all the time, even if we always answered in English and were embarrassed when they spoke to us in French in public. They have passed on, but I have friends and family on two continents who are very important to me. My upbringing in two cultures has enriched my life in so many ways and made me open and tolerant of other cultures." - Catherine Y. Fridey, Immigrant Archive Project Community page contribution.
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Know the facts: "If not for immigrants and their children, the U.S. child population would be shrinking."
Jul 28, 2014 0 0
Luisa Acosta Franco thanks her parents for the gift of bilingualism.
Jul 28, 2014 0 0
Sergio Diaz was an unaccompanied child refugee when he arrived in the United States. Today he is the Police Chief in Riverside, California. In this segment he shares his view on immigration.
Jul 26, 2014 0 0
From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century
Jul 25, 2014 0 0
"My mom and dad used to say, 'Because you're poor doesn't mean you have to behave in a way that you don't have any manners. Being poor doesn't give you an excuse for not being civilized. There is order and decorum here and you should respect that." - Ed Reyes, LA Council Member, Mexican immigrant, Immigrant Archive Project testimony.
Jul 25, 2014 0 0
An 8 year-old girl explains why assimilation no longer requires you to forget your native language.
Jul 24, 2014 0 0
We always love hearing from our followers. Especially from those like Susan, who have dedicated their lives to teaching young children.
Jul 24, 2014 0 0
So, what exactly is the Immigrant Archive Project? The attached video will provide the answer.
Jul 24, 2014 0 0
Willy Chirino: The story of an unaccompanied child refugee who became a multi-Grammy Award winning artist.
Jul 23, 2014 0 0
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.
Jul 22, 2014 0 0
Small Truths, the immigration experience through the eyes of small children, A Documentary.
Jul 21, 2014 0 0
"I'm here because he left Ireland." - @KimMitRas #6wordtestimonies
Jul 21, 2014 0 0
"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
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"The majority of my clients are immigrants, like me. Because of that, I understand them and I believe they understand me. The reasons they've immigrated are a little different from mine. The majority come because they need work; they need a future. For me, that wasn't my initial motivation. I was just vacationing and getting to know Chicago. The reasons were different, but in the end we came for the same thing. Once I was more or less established, I had the urge to begin a new life here and start a family and have a future in this country. In the end we came for the same reason. In the end, I identify with the Latino community because that's my heritage. Out of all my clients I believe 80% are Latinos." - Ismael Torres, Allstate Latino, Mexican immigrant, Immigrant Archive Project testimony.
Jul 18, 2014 0 0
Jaime Cuenca looks back on a valuable lesson he learned from his immigrant parents. "One of the things I learned the most from them was that you know what, yes I was different, yes we were Hispanic, yes we were immigrants. But that wasn't an excuse to not succeed. You should be proud of that and I am very proud to be Hispanic. But it was like, 'You aren't different. You can be as successful as anyone."
Jul 17, 2014 0 0
The debate over the border crisis has descended to a sad - and depressingly familiar - place.
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