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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
Jul 21, 2014 0 0
"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.
Jul 17, 2014 0 0
Dalgis Castañeda was just 6-years old when she arrived from Cuba. She remembers receiving the following advice from her aunt: "You have a great opportunity. Pretend that you were born today, and take advantage of all the opportunities that will come.' And I'll never forget those words. 'You were born again, take advantage of your opportunities to the fullest." - Dalgis Castañeda, Allstate Latino, Cuban immigrant, Immigrant Archive Project testimony
Jul 16, 2014 0 0
"I even went through a stage where I wouldn't speak Spanish at home. And my father would get so upset, because they didn't speak English. And I was not allowed to speak English at home. My parents always said that I had to maintain my culture. And they wanted me to learn and maintain my Spanish-language. So I would rebel and I would say, 'No, I'm American. I'm not Cuban and I will only speak English.' So I went through a phase as I recall, but ironically just being part of the family environment….I actually learned as I was growing up to actually feel proud." - Nida Pita, Allstate Latino, Cuban immigrant, Immigrant Archive Project testimony
Jul 15, 2014 0 0
Know the facts: Immigrants are assimilating into American life, like their predecessors. They are on track to achieve great successes by 2030. "Most impressive is the fact that the percentage of immigrants who own rather than rent their homes is projected to rise from 25.5 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2030. Furthermore, the percent speaking English well or very well is projected to rise from 57.5 percent to 70.3 percent and the percent living in poverty is projected to fall from 22.8 percent to 13.4 percent." - Assimilation Tomorrow, How America's Immigrants Will Assimilate; Center for American Progress
Jul 11, 2014 0 0
"I didn't come with the American Dream in mind when I boarded the plane in Ecuador. My American Dream was born here." - Michela Toledo, Allstate Latino
Jul 10, 2014 0 0
"As I look at today's 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 are coming here for a better opportunity for our family." - Lisa Jusino, Allstate Latino
Jul 10, 2014 0 0
Who will you root for today? #Argentina #Netherlands
Jul 9, 2014 0 0
Miguel Gonzalez, a successful Allstate Insurance agent, explains why he treasures his immigrant experience. Allstate Latino
Jul 8, 2014 0 0