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A DREAM IN DOUBT is not only an immigration story, but also a story of family, community and American ideals. From World War II racial profiling to post-9/11 hate crimes, the sites and features below provide closer looks at how these themes have affected one another, fostered discrimination and defined what it means to be an American.

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Immigration Stories
Where did your family come from and why?
Read stories contributed by users and share your own >>

Immigration Quiz
Ignorance and misconceptions often breed discrimination and doubt. What’s your immigration IQ?
Take the NEW AMERICANS quiz and find out how much you know about immigrants and immigration in the U.S. >>

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In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice reported having investigated more than 750 post-9/11-related crimes, although in reality the number of unreported cases could be much higher. As more time passes, the events of September 11, 2001 have continued to resonate and alter the world—for everyone.
Watch 34 short videos that capture timely reactions to the day’s tragedies >>

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After the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese Americans were victims of racial profiling. More than 120,000 people, most of them U.S. citizens, were incarcerated in internment camps. Today, in the aftermath of 9/11, Arab, South Asian and Muslim Americans have been targeted in hate crimes and denied basic constitutional rights. What does it mean to be American with the face of the “enemy”?
Hear the real stories of fear and anger, loyalty and trust >>

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Centered in New York City, where September 11 directly affected Arab Americans from every walk of life, CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE puts viewers in the shoes of three individuals, each of whom—because of their job and/or place in the community—had a particularly tricky road to navigate in months following the attacks.
Follow the lives of three New Yorkers as they struggle to negotiate life in a changed America >>

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