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3/14/06
Z.Charles
My argumnt is that there arnt too many immigrants coming to the united states. The foreign born population is 33.1 million immgrants or 11.5$ the # of immagrants comming to the united states is lager than ever before but the percentage in the overall population has gone down. 3/4 of all the immigrants settled in only 6 states.


3/14/06
Bobby C.
If a country is having economic problbems we should not let their citizens stay here.It is illegal for them to stay here without a visa and that would make them illegal immigrants. It is not fair to the legal U.S. citizens if theese illegal immigrants are taking away jobs from us. it is a violation of the law and our rights.


3/14/06
Briar
All immigrants that come to the US should be required to learn to speak English. Not being able to understand each others languages acts as a barrier between immigrants and the majority. This barrier forces immigrants of the same ethnicity to congregate in ethnic ghettos, segregating the immigrants from the majority. It also prevents the immigrants from getting jobs that require them to speak English, increasing poverty in theses ethnic communities.


3/14/06
Cameron,m
If a country is having economic problems, the U.S. should allow them to come here. This is because many places are having economic problems and the U.S. is a wealthy place which is the most money spending country than any other country in the world. Immigrants coming to the U.S. would not have an effect on us anymore than the hundreds of thousands to millions of people born and dying here every day


3/13/06
Gigi
white plains
It's amazing how some people can assimilate so easily, while others need time, and need help to adjust to different lifestyles. I think that being able to immigrate for one thing is amazing. Some of these stories are so touching, especially to people who don't understand what immigrating is like. People who understand the process feel more for the new Americans because they understand what assimilation takes. I really appreciate this website and I hope that you keep it going.


3/13/06
Rebecca
whiteplains,ny
While reading a few stories about their travel to America, it made me realize how lucky i am today, to have most of my immidiate family members. Although peopel die, you cantlet it bring you down and you have to move on, although it may be hard at first, you just have to move on. It also made me realize how great America is. Even though we have a few conflicts her and there, many people during immigration thought of America as gold, while today people like me take it for granted, unfortunently. By reading these stories, i have such gratitude for the peopel who sturrgled on their journey, but yet, now value my life, family and culture now.


3/13/06
Rebecca
whiteplainsny
Since i am jewish my batmitsfah was just around the corner, so my family and I family decided to travel to Spain to recieve my batmitsfah with my twin brother, douglas. There i exspirenced and observed the old towns of jewish families during the time of the holocost. The tiny slumps were dilapidated, and kept in secret because being jewish was like a sin,so jews during that time period werent treated like "normal" spaniards. My brother and i had our batmitsfah done in one of the oldest temples in Spain, which was under ground so that it wouldnt get burned down. This was a great exspirence because it taught me about my past, and educated me on my jewish heritage.


3/10/06
Emily Willstatter
NY
I don't have a story to share of my own. I am a German Jew, as my great-great-uncle immigrated here long before the holocaust. But reading these stories has certainly made me think about why I am here in America and how amazing these people really are.


3/10/06
Iman G.
White Plains NY
Most of my family has been in the U.S. for generations but one of my grandfathers was born in Panama. His first langage was spanish so when he came to america he had to learn english and he eventually did but sadly later he forgot how to speak spanish.


3/10/06
Mariana Hess
White Plains, New York
All of these stories are very touching like many immigrants, i would have hated to have to learn a new language. Being surround by people i dont know and who are speaking a different language all moving aroud me with a purpose would simply scare me. Just learning a language in school for me is hard so if i had to speack in this new language for everything it would be really hard.


3/10/06
Brendan Siebecker
I really liked the stories here about peoples own personel experiences. I also like the stories where people descibe somone else that they knows story. It makes it feel very personel, and special


3/10/06
Jason Myrthil
White Plains
I can relate to the story about the families who came to America from Nigeria, and thought that life would be easier when they got there. My parents thought of the same thing before they moved to America but the realized that to prosper in the country you had to be a hard worker.


3/10/06
P3t3y
White Plains New York
After reading the entries i am touched by them. The familys that immagrated to the US had a very hard time. The stories that they told had a major impact in my life. After reading these stories I appreciate what being american gives us. We have more freedom and privalages than most people in other countries. The people that immigrated to America used live in other countries in which they couldn't do the things they can do now. I see how lucky i am after reading these stories of people less fortunate.


3/10/06
Mike Gugger
White Plains, NY
I was born in South Africa and my mom is South African, however she is not black. Shortly after I was born we moved to Switzerland for 7 years, because thats where my dad is from. Within thoes 7 years we visited South Africa and many other places like Australia, but not America. In 1999 I moved here to New York, because my dads job was transferred here.
I speak german because thats the language they teach in switzerland so people think im a german nazi.


3/10/06
Iman G.
White Plains NY
I've lived in the U.S. all my life and the first language i learned Was english so i never reALLY Had to struggle with languAGE Barriers. I hAVE Had to go to different countries where i didn't know the lANGUage AND I DID EXPERIENCE a bit of frustrATION and A BIT OF EMBarrASSMENT BECause i didnt know the lANGUage. My mother works in A BILINGUal school AND SHE TELLS ME STORIES OF HOW MUCH TROUBLE a child cAN Have becaUSE THEY DON'T KNOW THE LanguaGE WHICH IS REally quite sAD.i cANT IMagine being thrust into A SCHOOL WHERE SOMETIMES NO ONE SPEaks the lANGUage u speAK and u just hAVE TO DEal with it


3/10/06
Mariana Hess
White Plains, New York
When i read these stories I wonder how some of these immigrants made it though to become what they are today. In some stories the families are completly adjusted to the United States and i dont know if i could do that. For me adjusting to a whole new life would ne really hard. it talks about them becoming successful and what they want to be and also their family after them. I admired them all for their hard work and determination putting them where they are today. The effort on their part must have been enormous, to reach all of their goals in a new country. They new that they still would acheive their goals if they tried hard enough. And for all of that i respect all immigrants.


3/10/06
Juliana M
White Plains, New York
The story I read is very tuching. It made me realize that if you put your mind to something that it can be accomplished. I also realized that I am very lucky to have been born in America. And how it can be a very grueling process to leave your country and come to a brand new one. It must be very hard and frustrating to come to a new country when you are older and have to learn a new lanugage. I think that it is very good that people are telling their stories.


3/10/06
Tiara
White Plains, New York
I really enjoyed reading these stories. They were very touching. I have never experienced moving to a different country but i admire those who have. In some of the stories I have read, the people have had long and hard journeys to America. They have been made fun of because they don't know the language. Reading these stories has taught me alot about people. Now, if someone is having trouble adapting to the American way of life, I will not make fun of them but will accept the fact that they are trying to live a better life and have an equal opportunity to succeed.


3/10/06
Brendan Siebecker
White Plains New York
I tihnk that I am very lucky that i was born in America and never had to leave friends and family. I tihnk that I would find it to difficult to leave everything I had behind, for the hope of a better land and the American Dream.


3/10/06
Brendan Siebecker
i really liked the sotries her about peoples own personell experiences. i also lie the stories where people descibe somone else that they knows story


3/10/06
Michelle Betancur
White Plains, NY
Ever since i was 3 my father had lived in the United States while my mom, brother and i lived in Colombia. He was the manager of a landscaping company so, he was able to come to Colombia for about 4 months during the winter. In Colombia my mom owened a salon and my dad sent money so i lived a pretty good life. About 5 1/2 years ago (i was like 8) My mom, bother, and me came to the United States because, we were tired of living away from dad. At first i though that moving to the U.S. wouldn't be that hard, but then it actually happened and i realized how hard it is to be an immigrant. When i got here i spoke very little English and cried every day because, i missed my school, my friends, my family, and sooooo many other things. For the first time in my life i felt so different, like an alien. I used to feel that i was dumb and could never show my teaches how smart i was because, of the language barrier. Today, i still feel different than everyone else but, i've learned to overcome it even though i still get very embarassed when my mom talks to one of my friends because, she has an accent and is still not very fluent. I've also learned that a language barrier is not an excuse to not do your best, right now im in many advanced classes and it makes me proud to know that I overcame a challenge as hard as being an immigrant.


3/10/06
Kelly L.
White Plains, New York
As I'm looking through all of these stories, I can't help to think of my life and situations. I have realized that i couldn't possibly imagine leaving the Country and moving across the ocean for a better life for my family and I. Sometimes (as I have read) the immigrants weren't even given the proper respect. It was hard to find jobs and make money. I hear stories about young children leaving all that was known to them and taking upon another culture. I admire their strength and bravery and question myself if I would be able to undergo what they had to do.


3/10/06
lauren smith
white plains new york
i myself am pakistanian, but i dont know how it feels to be made fun of, because no one can tell. Im not sure how some would react if they knew. I mean im sure they'd say something as a joke, but i dont know if they mean it or not.


3/10/06
RK
White Plains, NY
These stories really touch my heart. I can't even imagine what it would be like to go into a new country and try to set up a better life for yourself and your family. My father did that, but I would not be able to. I admire the people who don't know very much English, but they still push on to reach their goal.
I wasn't born when my parents came from India, but by the time I was born, they were well settled. My parents did not know any English when they came and they still do not know much now. Even though I do not know what it feels like to leave my homeland to go to a foreign country, my parents do.


3/10/06
Iman G.
White Plains NY
Most of my family has been in the U.S. for generations but one of my grandfathers was born in Panama. His first langage was spanish so when he came to america he had to learn english and he eventually did but sadly later he forgot how to speak spanish.


3/10/06
Kelly L
White PLains, New York
These stories are so very inspirational. Just the fact alone of giving up one life in a country and coming to another alone is a lot. Not to mention some financial struggles or rejection. This made it hard to survive and to get a suitable job. I read this one story about a girls family who immigrated. Then after a short 45 days, her father died. That was seriously sad and I might not be able to relate to this incidence but my sympathy is with this girl. I think that our country is only what it is today, free because of the terrifying struggles of those before us.


3/10/06
Tiara
White Plains, New York
Ikram Ali's story really touched my heart. He really went through a lot. His life was threatened and his grandfather was killed right before his eyes. Eventhough he has experienced so much in his life he continues to stand tall with his head high. At the end of his poem he said, if no one else believed in him, he still believed in himself. Those words are very inspiring to me. He has taught me, believe in yourself no matter how much people may put you down.


3/10/06
Mark Robles
White Plains, New York
Well i was born in the U.S. My background is Puerto Rican and something else.My grandparents, before i was born came to the U.S after years of living in PR.I have never really been made fun of or anything close to that.I guess most people think it's cool to be hispanic whether your Puerto rican,Dominican or w/e. My grandparents have never really told me about their experience with immagration and ive never really asked them, probably cause it's not all that easy to get through to your garndparents like you would with ur friends.All i now is that i guess when they were groing up in PR it was rough and its not like today where when u go to PR all u see is the most wonderful place in the world. I think when they were groing up lots of crimes and wars were going on but im not that sure. I really want to find out from them what exactly happened and how it was like for them coming to the United States.


3/10/06
Jason Myrthil
White Plains
It was very disappointing to read about how the Nigerian man Israel was treated by the police officer. He was expecting to have nice experience in America but instead was harassed along with his friend. When he talked about being treated badly by other workers at his job this made me think of how the same thing happened to my family when they came to America.


3/10/06
Joanna Galeano
White Plains, New York
I read a story about a young girl from Germany. Her family was poor and her father worked 2 jobs and her mother worked as well. Her older brother also worked as well. I really felt bad for her and her family because they came to America to live a better life and they had a hard time earning money. It must be very hard to leave your family behind and come to America.


3/10/06
Lauren S.
White Plains, NY
i just cant believe that someone's cultural center was set on fire after september 11th. I would think that fellow americans would have more respect for others. Just because someone is the same race as the terrorist group, doesnt mean that they're like that.


3/10/06
Lauren S.
White Plains, NY
i am also very grateful that i was born in america. Although it would've been cool to be able to say "i come straight from Italy" or some other country, i dont know if i would want to go through some of the discrimination that immigrants face. How some of them have to stay back a grade because they dont speak english, or get homesick. I dont know if i could live anywhere but America.


3/10/06
Angelica
New York
These stories really touch my heart becuase it shows how people are so determined to find a better life in the U.S. It shows how people who start out with only the clothes on thier back to owning a big business making lots of money. I also like how people are brave enough to even come into the country illgally and then becoming citizens and living "THE AMERICAN DREAM" My ancesotrs were also immigrants and they made friends and found jobs. My dad now owns a house and has a really great job.


3/10/06
White Plains Ny
I find it very interesting that many people come to America because they think it is an amazing country and is perfect in every way. In reality America isn't all it's made out to be. There are incredible numbers of people who look for ways to make people feel bad. So many people don't have jobs because there aren't enough. If you took an overall look at the average American's life it would probably look pretty bad. Having said that, Americans do have a lot of freedoms that aren't even dreamed about in other countries. Our government focuses on us. People in other countries would give their right arm for a democratic government. Americans that were born and raised as Americans take all of the positives for granted. We look past the freedom and the prosperity that is being offered to all citizens and see the corruption and cruelty. We see the people without homes and jobs but don't realize that in other countries it is worse. We don't look at all the people that help, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, all the people that donate to organizations like those. We find the bad and push out the good. People that come here from other countries realize how lucky they are to be living in America. They appreciate their freedom, their opportunity to succeed. I think it's hilarious that the most patriotic person in America may not have been born in America and may not even be an American citizen. I talk to people in school who only know America and many of them don't like it. I have talked to people, born and raised in America, who want to live in other countries when they grow up. Then I talk to people who immigrated to America from other countries and they are the more patriotic people. I guess you don't appreciate things you have always had but once you've gone without something you will realize how good it actually is.


3/10/06
Elizabeth Q
White Plains NY
I read another story where a woman wanted to go to America because she was unhappy in her country and wanted to see the world. She risked all she had so that she could go to America and achieve oppurtunies that she would never be able to take if she stayed in her poor country. That inspires me so much. I don't think I would have the guts to risk all I had, like my family, friends, and money. I would be too scared to give all of that up to go to a new land.


3/10/06
Andy Seife
I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for some people when they first moved to America since I myself am not an immigrant I am really moved by some of the stories these immigrants have shared with us on this site. These people have had to experience racism each and everyday and I don't know how they managed. They paved the way for many future generations, they brought so many cultural riches here to america and in my eyes I consider them heroes.


3/10/06
Elizabeth Levin
White Plains, New York
Reading through many of the stories on this website, I was extremely touched and I learned quite a lot. It was very interesting to learn what immigrants from other countries, many not knowing English, went though coming to the United States. It must have been very challenging to be in a new country and very difficult to adapt, but these people obviously worked hard and did it. That really shows me how strong and determined people are, and I have a lot of respect for them. In some ways I can relate to many of the stores on this website. Some of my relatives came to the United States around twenty-five years ago from Israel and are now living in Florida. They have had to adapt to a whole different language and lifestyle. Before reading these stories, I hadn't really thought about the experience of my grandparents, but now that is something I'd like to talk to them more about, and learn what it was like for them.


3/10/06
Elizabeth Q
White Plains, NY
This story was very sad. I read the story about the girl who lost her father, 45 days after they came to America for a better life. I thought that was so sad and it really made me appreciate how much I have and I am thankful for what I have.


3/10/06
Tristan Pagliari
White Plains
this notice is for the girl named Stephine. My grandparents had the sme problem as your father did. Because they were German, their words that they spoke sounded very strange to many people and many people could not make out what they were saying. My Grandfather went into the Army and was able to speak English better. My Grandmother has learned to speak fluent english, although she still does not know how to say some words, so she will as one of us in German. Just like your Dad Stephanie, they were able to overcome a cultural obsticle


3/10/06
Tristan Pagliari
White Plains
Many of the things that i read remind me that not everyone can be a pure blood american. Everyone has a different culture that they came from, a different job that they work on, and a different house that they live in. Some may not be so lucky and may not have things that a richer person may own. Some may not be able to afford a house with A.c, yet still they can manage to live nicely. I know a lot of people who aren't as lucky as me and some who are more lucky than I am, but I know that everyone is equal, no-matter who they are


3/8/06
Stephanie G.
White Plains, New York
My grandpa worked for the KML Airlines. He was the Cheif Enginer for the KML Airlines, so he was able to get enough money in the house to support his family, and was able to get free flights and tickets for his family to travel.When they came to America, they weren't poor and they weren't rich so my grandparents had to work. My grandparents came from Holland, but had alot of their childhood in Indonesia. My grandparents spoke Dutch, so it was hard and difficult to learn English. But now the can speak English very well.


3/8/06
Joanna Galeano
White Plains New York
I really appreciate the fact that I was born in America. I never knew how hard it was to leave your home country and come to America to live a better life. One story that I read was about a young girl that lost her father 45 days after they moved to America. I felt really bad for her and her family. A lot of these stories made em think twice about my life


3/8/06
Kiah
White Plains
This story is very touching. It reminds me of how my parents came to America from their samll town in Jamaica. When they first got here they felt homesick and went back home to Saint Mary but eventually they decided that America was the best place to be if they wanted to let their careers grow and prosper. Today my mom is a chemistry teacher and my dad is an accountant.


3/7/06
Sonya M.
Denver, CO
I absolutely loved this documentary. My husband and I accidently discovered it while flipping channels. I decided to rent to 3 videos from our local library and my husband and I watched them all in one sitting! I'm also including the videos in a unit that I'm writing and currently teaching about Mexican immigration. I can't stop thinking about these families and wonder what are they doing now? Did Nora ever return to school and if not, how can I help her? As for the couple from Nigeria, how is their new baby? Their health? Their education, jobs?? I've seen other postings on this website stating that the ogoni people need help and that we should help them, how? And if so, would we be in danger? Isn't that why the Nigerian family fled their country to move here in the first place? I do believe however, that shell oil should be ashamed of themselves.
I also feel as though the same atrocities that were commited against the ogoni people have occured right here in the US by our own government. Many indian tribes here in the US have suffered at the hands of the US because of greed. They have been murdered, displaced and discriminated against for their whole lives. The battle and fight for land, dignity, clean air, water and food for the Native Americans continues today.
Finally, I believe that with all of its baggage, the US is a wonderful country with many opportunities. Yes, it does have its downfalls, it does make mistakes, it does not always make the right decisions but the great thing about living in the US is that, I can criticize it, I can analyze it, I can hate it and still it is always there for me. If I was not able to have this type of relationship with my country, we would never grow, change, mature and develop into great things.


3/7/06
joe sperduto
white plains, new york
when my grandparents were growing up they were very poor and lived in italy. even though my grandfather lacked in the money department he was rich with knowledge. his education helped him alot when he came to america. he was a master with math so he used that skill to start an acounting company. his company started small but grew and is know as Sperduto Spector & Company. the company is now onwed by my father.


3/7/06
joe sperduto
white plains, new york
that story really touched my heart. that shows that if u r comitted to acomplishing something you will be able to do so. coming to american gave many people many oppurtunities such as ur parents. the american dream shows how it change people from being poor with practicly nothing to own ur own buisness and building a B-E-A-utiful house.


11/21/05
Paul Christoff
Chicago, IL
What a wonderful documentary. The stories made me feel close to each immigrant. I truely appreciated the struggles that they went through and how they are sacrificing for their future; not to mention their children's future. Now that some years have passed, I wonder how each family is doing in their new home country.


11/16/05
Lindsey
El Reno, Oklahoma
well my father came from a very poor family, he was the only boy, he had 7 sisters. since he was the man of the house, other than his father he was forced to come to the united states when he was 12 years old. he found jobs in fields and on farms doing jobs Americans would not do. my mother came from a somewhat wealthy family and when she met my father after 3 months of dating they ran away together. i was the youngest so i never really suffered as my sisters did. my mother would let my sisters eat and she would eat what they had left over. they struggled and went through so much but all their hard work has definitely paid off!!! now they have become naturalized citizens,they own a very successfull small business and they are building a beautiful home, i am definitely proud of my parents not only because they have gotten far in life but because they have shown me that you can do anything, and i am very happy that they have shown me "THE AMERICAN DREAM" by coming to the United States in search of a better life.


11/15/05
Angelic
uhlandstr.8 89584 ehingen
oh this is so beautiful and great! i love this page and i have to look at the page at home again! it is great ot get to know so mcuh about ameirca! it intrigues and fascinated me a lot!
here in school i badely can not watch the movies and so on but i read through it and i really need to remember this internet link to visite this page again!
my wish for you is to get more people interested in this page and get interested in!


11/15/05
Larissa
Ehingen, Germany
Hey!
This seems to be avery interesting site and very informative! I'm from Germany and I want to move to America one day! Of course, I know it won't be easy and it'll be very difficult, but I guess i could handle it!
Your site is very good, KUDOS!!! I hope that many people will go to this site to get to know more about immigration and realted things to that!!
Best wishes from Germany!!


10/27/05
Paul Alexander
Hampstead, NH
I really enjoyed the series so far. I just watched the segment on the Mennonites and Amish. My 4th great grandfather came here from Griesbach, Germany in the 1750's. His ancestors came from Bern, Switzerland and were persecuted by the Protestants and Catholics. In one year alone, 4,000 were slaughtered. My ancestor was Melchior "the Exile" Brenneman who was imprisoned and then expelled from Switzerland. He went to Germany. It was bittersweet to see the Reformed Church in Zurich apologize to Americans in your program. I'll feel a lot better about what happened when the disgraceful government of Switzerland apologizes for all of their sins over the the centuries. How about their support of the Nazi's and hiding of wealth stolen from Jews during WWII? When my great grandfather came to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he was helped by a relative, Melchior "the Immigrant" Brenneman. He later served in the Army during the Revolutionary War and was conscripted to serve in the militia during the Whiskey Rebellion in 1793. (He had moved to Virginia. President Washington would not ask Pennsylanians to put down the rebellion, but he was forced into service because he lived in Virginia.) Another of my ancestors served in the Navy during the War of 1812 - but on the wrong side! He was from Dundee, Scotland and served in the British Navy when he first came to America. In 1826, he, two brothers and one of their wives came to western Pennsylvania. Four years later, my great-grandfather and his mother came with the family to join the others. He founded 2 Presbyterian churches and his son was the local "school director." There are obviously tens of thousands of their descendants living in this country.
But, my wife's story is even more interesting. Her parents were from Nova Scotia and are French and Native American. She is descended from a Baron from Normandy who headed up the French militia in what was called Acadia in the 1600's. Most of them were deported by the British in 1758 when they refused to sign an oath of allegiance to the English king. (They were peaceful people who did'nt want to raise arms against fellow Frenchmen - the English and French had been fighting for hundreds of years.) Thousands perished in the ships which took them to France, Boston, and especially to New Orleans. (Ergo, the word "Cajun" came into being - from Acadian.) A fictional story survives those terrible times through the poem "Evangeline" by Longfellow. My wife's family went back to Nova Scotia about 10 years later. And much later, her parents came here in the 1930's. It's so exciting to hear so many stories about our origins. My wife and I wept during the program. How we wish we had some written record of the suffering of our own ancestors! No wonder Americans are so quick to defend the rights of the downtrodden in the world! Thanks for the wonderful series. What a wonderful country we live in!


10/27/05
Katharine Guarino
Livonia, Michigan
My parents came to the United States in the mid 1960s from Argentina.They came here looking for a better life. They settled in New York City.After several years of saving money, they went back to Argentina with us--my brother John and I--but my father passed away within 45 days of arriving in Argentina. We returned to the U.S. in October of 1989. I joined the military, met a Michigander, married, and now live in Michigan with our 11 year old daughter Cristina.
My grandparents immigrated from Spain and Italy to Argentina in the mid-19th Century. So I guess you could say that I am a third generation immigrant...and very proud to be an American!


10/24/05
Periods of mass immigration, including when my ancestors arrived, weakened the hand of labor and limited the progress unions could effect. Health care and other admirable human welfare programs of the Western European countries are in large part the result of the strong labor movements that arose in those countries. The US would probably have universal health care now and be a more progressive society overall if we had had less immigration. After the Civil War freed slaves would have made greater progress has it not been for the ready availablity of immigrant labor. Those who benefit the most from our current level of, largely illegal, immigration are large business interests and others who exploit an unending source of cheap, non-unionized, and hard to organize labor. Mass immigration creates a safety valve for autocratic govenments.That means the richest and most powerful on both sides of the border the real beneficiaries of mass immigration.

10/20/05
valerie fernandez
I WAS SO TOUCH TO see the story about destination america espesialy about mexican i came from france in `1985 and my husband from mexico in 1975 we are different background, customs but we both experience immigration in usa wich was very hard, but we made it we have a very good life the american dream like we said our children are considers as other by societe which i despite my children are so lucky to have two different ancesters as well as being multi racial they speak english french and spanish and they are the new americans .america is the best country in the world if you work hard, have dreams and hope you will make it my family is the proof ....

10/20/05
Judith Christopher
Mahopac, NY
I am an immigant. Although I was born in the United States my grandparents were immigrants from two distinctly different cultures, German and Irish. I grew up learning the traditions of both worlds and today keep those along with my husband's Czech heritage and traditions. So I am an immigrant.

10/10/05
Emilia Dzielska
Worth, IL
I came to the U.S. in 1993 from Poland. I was almost 14 at the time. I came to join my parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Since I could not speak the English language, it was very hard to be in school at the beginning. As years passed, I learned the language and even worked in a public school for 4 years. Now I am in school to become a teacher, and I'm almost finished with my education.
I love living in the U.S., because this country gave my family and I lots of opportunities, especially for a better life. I am married, and I have a one year old child. I only speak Polish with my husband and we speak Polish to our child, because we want him to be bilingual. Since we both learned English very well at an older age, our child surely will learn it when he starts school.
I recently visited Poland for the first time in 12 years. It is a beautiful, modern country. Everything is easily accessible; the stores are packed with products, English advertisement signs are everywhere, that at times I forgot I was in Poland. The only downfall is that everything is expensive and people make little money.
When I came to the U.S. 12 years ago, I had no choice; both of my parents were living here. I am glad I had the possibility to move here, but I donĚt know what the future holds. One day I may return to Poland. Since I am a U.S. citizen now, I can always come back here, too.

10/3/05
Ruth Penaranda
Bellerose, NY
My story I have been in the US for five years. I get up aerly every day at 7 am. I'm babysistter, I work in my house, I make breakfast in the morning. I speak Spanish I learnig English.

10/3/05
Antonio Villaseca
Flushing, NY
I have been two years in U.S.A, I am 30 years old, I come from Chile, I did wait many years to come here because is difficult to get visa in Chile but finaly I'm here, I feel so happy and now I want my american dream. Sorry I have to go because he wait for me....see you later navegator......

10/3/05
gisella avalos
bellerose, ny
I am Peruvian, I arrived to New York in 1990. Because I'm married my husband lived here. I am older of seven brothers, five girls and two boys. I live in queens with my husband Willy, my daughter Kathleen, my son William, and my sister Cecilia. I'm feel so happy and every day I said thanks God for this opportunities.

10/3/05
MARIA HELENA
KEWGARDENS, N.Y.
I'm from Colombia, a country located in South America. All my life I have been living in Bogota, the capital of Colombia. Am the second of four sisters. I studied in the school far from my house. When I was 18 year olds, I got married, one year later I had my first son.

10/3/05
Angelly Altamirano Baquerizo
Queens Village, New York
My history is very little, I came from Ecuador. I married. I don't have any children. I'm commercial engeneer, I'm Aries. I have been living in the United States for 1 year. I get up early every day. My parents lived in Ecuador. I have one sister and two brothers. I like to listen to the radio and walk in the park. I study English at QueensBoro Community College. I have two nephews: Their names are: Guillermito and Samuel. I go to bed very late, before I read the Bible and pray. I miss my family. I worked in Ecuador for fifteen years. I'm short, and I have long blond hair and brown eyes. That's all. God bless you!

10/3/05
When I came to New York I was very happy because New York is a good city, then I thought how to have success after that I spoke with my cousin and told do the best but doe rigth them I start to work. and working in new york I few a winner thank God

10/3/05
Yohanna
Queens N.Y.
Hi, my name is Yohanna, I come fron Colombia, I arrive in this country in May, 2004. I married 9 year, I live with my husband and I have one daugther that's 5 years old, my parents and my brother with his wife and childrens live in Bogota Colombia. In this country live my sister with her family. My husband work in Cafe Aroma in New Jersy. I very happy in this country with my family.

10/3/05
K. H. S.
New York
I was born in Korea. Also,I married in Korea. At that time my father-in-law lived in New York. First time,he came to America with his job. But he want to stay more. He missed his family so much. So, he invited his family when he got the green card. After few years, my family came to here and join him. I hope we can reach our dream.

10/3/05
My name is Margarita. I came to this country 4 years ago. I was happy for the new opportunities in my life. My mother live in New York 24 years ago. She is very nice person, she works at the hospital. I work in day care and I am teacher. I have only one brother, he is good person. He lives in Colombia, but he came every year for visit.

10/3/05
Cecilia
Bellerose, New York
My story are not diferent to the other people I think everybody come to this country to get a new and a better life, I come here just 1 year ago before I came here I never think about this I lost my job and my economy are so difficult my family and me really past bad times when I was a litle child my mom work very hard to give my brothers and my a good life sometimes we past bud days so I promes me in this times do the same to my family and tray to my mom never had days like that, I just try to make me a better life and hope can help my family do the same, sometimes I feel this is really hard but I know I can do all I want I just have to work very hard and give thanks to God to all the opportunities and live the best the I can.

7/15/05
Efrata Yitbarek
I was greatly pleased to see the true lives of immigrants as expressed in the series. I was saddened and at the same time inspired by the resilient spirit of all the families that are continuing to build their new homes in America. Yes, the United States has many opportunities but as each person in the series explained it is a hard, long, and arduous journey to success. I am an immigrant as well and all I can say is thank you to all of the members of the rich, diverse, and strong nations that were able to produce such inspiring individuals.

5/17/05
Rusty Shackleford
Austin, Texas
i think this website is fargin incredible. i learned that i know nothing about immigration (i know this after getting 3 out of 13 correct on the immigration quiz)...but listen to me jabber on like this. anyways, peace out, rock on, dont do drugs - Rus

5/5/05
Dee
I too recently showed the New Americans series in class and used some of the lesson plans. My students were so engaged in the films and thoughtfully discussed the issues of immigration and assimilation. I would like to thank all of those involved with the making of this film and making it acessible to televion audiences. It is a wonderful peice of work.

5/3/05
Jonesy
NY
Any chance there will be another update soon? Much must have happened since the show aired. Someone must still keep in contact with the people.... Any chance?

5/3/05
Paul
Virginia
The series was exceptionally well produced and has had an impact on me. It is ironic how some Americans argue against immigration while at the same time enjoy the fruits of immigrantís contributions in the fields of science, technology and medicine. The US has correctly encouraged immigration since our education system has not produced a sufficient amount of technically skilled workers. The vast majority of immigrants seek a better life for themselves and their children. After all, isn't this what most of us want. Is there any thought at PBS of a follow up series?

4/29/05
Toni
I'm so saddened when I see comments like the ones from Jamie of Rock Island (ironically an American that can't even use the correct version of the word "allowed"!) Your series is SO important. It puts a face on immigration and tells stories that too often we Americans don't hear. Our country is rich and wonderful because of the gifts, talents and contributions of immigrants of all kinds. Great series!!!

4/13/05
jaime
rock island
Immigration should not be aloud these people are taking the only jobs we have and what do we get in return a big salary cut.Thanks for posting see you on the flip side.

4/13/05
Angela R.
Chicago, Il
I feel that imigrants shouldn't be called out of their given names what-so-ever. Yes, they should be treated equally. But...Imigrants shouldn't be allowed into the USA until America deals with the poverty of the natural born citizens. We need to be taken care of first before "adopting" people from other countries into ours. We have scores to settle first. We have things to deal with.

4/6/05
Priscilla
Waipahu, HI

I showed the 3 part video series to my class and they loved it. We were all so moved with the struggles each of the families encountered and their positive attitudes. We would love to know how they are all doing now.

3/18/05
I AM ORIGINALLY FROM OGONI, I BELIEVE THAT WE ALL NEED HELP . IF YOU CAN HELP US AND MANY OGONI I WILL ENCOURAGE YOU TO.

2/28/05
Jamie Ganzales
The series was one of the best that I have ever seen. Being the son immigrants gives me a revitalized admiration of what my parents must have faced. The language, culture and religion brought to the US by immigrants make it a wonderful and diverse environment. I was especially moved by the Nigerian couple. They seem to take life as presented and worked hard to improve their circumstances. I have real admiration for both. I as well as others would be interested in what each is doing now. It would be nice to update the "Where are they now section" for all of the New Americans.

1/12/05
somethings that i think you can do to help the NEW AMERICANS in the US are

-you can maybe get this message out more trying to teach more of them english...

i think that everyone has a chance to stay here in the US because everyone has the right to have freedom and i think that everyone should get to have it as good as we do the ones that live in the US already..i know that we all have our own things to worry about maybe some of us should give a little time and try to help because everyone came here for the same reason..

well thats really what i think would help...

1/12/05
why because i'm irag people always have to say something about me going to bomb somebody and that hurts my feelings

1/3/05
Israel Nwidor
Chicago
When I accepted to take part in this documentary, my knowledge of how much this will impact people was unknown but your coments have been very helpful. For those who feel saddened by my statements, you should always know that these arose from my personal experiences. "Only those who wear shoes know where they pinch".Your comments have also helped to make me integrate effective in this new land.

Thanks and may God bless you all; and give us the strength to accept what we can not change.

1/3/05
Catherine Muller
Johannesburg, South Africa
I was fortunate enough to watch all five parts of this unforgettable documentary in one sitting.

Words fail me.

The New Americans touched me very, very deeply - the humanity and compassion of the filmmakers is to be applauded. My heart broke for Israel, and for the Flores family ... and Nora's story was especially tragic.

This film leant new meaning to the notion of brotherhood and the global family. And it reminded me so much of a Zulu saying: 'A person is only human, because of other people'.

Thank you so much for an extroardinary, remarkably eye-opening film. Well done! I would dearly love to know how all the families are doing now, as I write this on the 2nd of January 2005.

12/17/04
Carlos
Arlington, VA
As a child of immigrants, I was touched deeply by this series. I am sure that my parents went through similar experiences, although never showed it. Their lack of english and lack of education meant that the early years were a struggle. I am sure that others would be interested in how each of their life turned out and what they are doing now.

12/8/04
washington michigan
i thought the flores man's story was very heartwarming and i hope his family is doing ok and they all find jobs and those such things. also i go to school with a flores and was wondering if he has relatives in michigan could you possibly ask him thanks.

11/16/04
helen
birmingham uk
omg i loved this program i stayed up to watch it even when i had work i think that bbc2 should do a follow up documentory to c what has happened to all the familes n where they are now who else thinks this would be good

11/5/04
Kevin
NY Long Island
This documentary film was quite impresive. All the suffers y'all been going thru will pay back the times with extreme happiness!

11/2/04
Nottingham, UK
wow, I am missing the families stories so much :-) I saw the programme with my brother and what a great programme. We came to England 10 years ago from South America and I can relate to these people lifes. Is so hard to adjust yourself to a new country, but being persistant in what you do is the best way to succeed in a new country. Good luck to all the families that took part- it will be nice to see a second serie about the same families:)

10/29/04
Mohammed
London, United Kingdom
What a fantastic documentary. The BBC has just finished broadcasting the documentary here in the UK. I have so much empathy for all the immigrants. Watching this was like an emotional rollacosoter, I felt sadness when the Flores family couldn't get their VISAs, Anjan being made redundant from his job and when Israel's brother died. And genuine joy when Ricardo made his major league debut, Israel's baby boy Karm was born, and Barine's daughters graduated from High School. I hope all the people on this programme: the Flores family, Israel and Ngozi Nwidor, Barine, Naima, Ricardo, Jose and Anjan all achieve their dreams. And I would like to thank them for allowing us viewers to have an intimate look into their lives.

10/29/04
malcolm weir
London
I have just finished watching the last installment of 'the new americans' (incidentally the first i have seen) and feet immediately compelled to write and congratulate the filmakers for making such an inspirational and heartfelt documentary. I am truly moved and very impressed.

I must also add that the individuals documented in the film are all an example of what human beings can be, in the face of some appalling circumstances. Remarkable.

Thank you all.

10/25/04
I like your Site!

10/19/04
Sonia
Dayton
The video documentary titled "The New Americans" is nothing short than a masterpiece. It brought to light the challenges, frustations and aspirations of immigrant communities regardless of their race. My sister, brother and I came to this country in search of a better education. We left our native and dear Ivory Coast to brave a new continent and take on challenges. We are a generation of pioneers much like the first wage of European immigrants.

As African immigrant students, we have often felt invisible and voiceless. Thank you PBS for bringing a voice and a face to the millions of new immigrants living in this country.

Sincerely,
Sonia

8/17/04
LA
I love hearing immigrant stories. Past and present. I must admit that I wish, there would have been a Jewish immigrant shown. Everyone believes the media is bias toward Jews, but to me, it's the opposite. Although my family has been here for generations, and generations, I feel like an first generation American. Being descended from the first Jews brought here, from North Africa, something, they hardly ever talk about in schools, I feel like I am still new here. Coming from a assimilated background, I am obviously proud, now, that there are more diverse people. I love my language, and the food, and the culture. This program should be followed, by more stories, like the ones shown.

7/27/04
angela booker
I truly enjoyed the documentry about The New Americans. I thought it was so interesting.

I am an american who enjoys different cultures. I am curios about immigrants and their homelands,so the documentry was right up my alley.I think immigrants are the most down to earth, humble people, that look to each other for support because of their close knit community. Sometimes, we americans loose focus and forget what it means to look after one another. I was so happy to see that extended family members are still important in other cultures.I couldn't stop raving about the program to my husband and hope that you all will air it again soon, so he'll be able to watch it. I know he would love it, because he's an immigrant also, who has been in america for 9 years now and have made the very best out of his stay.

7/23/04
raleigh NC
Personally I think it is sickening everything my people have worked for the native side and the black side gets lost. We also get helpd back due to jimcrow laws and other standards that can only be applied to immigrants. America would love to hide the fact it still oppresses native and stolen people. Even though my uncles my father and I pay our taxes and they have fought in wars for this country.

7/16/04
Jan Guthrie
I watched & taped this series & have viewed it twice. My emotions got the best of me listening to The Ogoni family & the Flores family. I was SO impressed with the loving attitude, the kindness,these men demonstrated for their wives & family; the earnest, determined worker each man was. I wanted to help them. I did not feel the same about the other couples.

 


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