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I am sixty two yrs of age and lived in San Diego when I was sixteen on up. Immigration has never been enforced to my knowledge. I have seen houses that had young illegal women living on the same block in San Diego walking up and down the street pregnant living in the same house with many more mexican women in the same condition. Then one day they were gone and knew young girls moving in the garages which had bunk beds stacked and pregnant young mexican girls waiting for the delivery of there babys so they can become legal. I reported many times in different areas of Riverside Calif. where this happened in early 60's but knowbody, police or government would step in. So me and my family ended up moving from the area and guess who bought our house. You got it and it was with all cash no checks, money orders or anything else. Now where do you think these non americans got such monies back in the 60's?
Kurtis L. Miller
Brooklyn, New York
Dear Beyond The boarders, my name is Kurtis Miller, I am an illustrator with political views to share I was born a seventies baby 1973 to be exact at the time US soldiers returned home from the Vietnam War. Today I am witnessing the War in Iraq a war not worth fighting. I want to send a message to those considering enlisting into the army at these trying times of economic pitfalls and violence. My poster sends a message to the people, when Uncle Sam calls upon you to fight and serve your country it could be your first and last time answering that call. We can fight for our country at the tables of the UN in peace talks. Compromise is still a word found in the dictionary, patience is GOD given through prayer. I believe we can put an end to war and it starts with me doing my part as an artist.
I can't believe some of the comments I read. I came from Mexico in 1989, when I was 13 years old. I lived with my sisters in LA. I came to the US looking for a better life not to get anything for free. I because a US citizen several years ago. I NEVER got anything for free from this country. I worked part-time when I was in high school and in college to help my sisters with the rent and for my own expense. I pay taxes, even when I was illegal. I went to college on a full scholarship. I graduated from college in 2000, with a BS in Accounting. People come to this country for a necessary NOT to still anyones job or medical benefits. There might be some people that come to the US and not obey the law or play by rules, but not everyone is like that. People need to understand that. I can't believe the comments made by a Mexican-American person. You need to grow up and not be bitter at the illegal people. It's not their fault that they illegal. I know a lot of people that are illegal in this country that are HAVE NEVER gotten anything free and work very hard.
I that all the immagates are craeted equal we people just come to the united staes so we can find jobs to keep our family alive that and because we what to have the right to give our children a better education so they could have better life than what we had to go through.
Nowadays, with more people than ever opposing illegal immigration, I come to think of this: It is the U.S. government that created the illegal immigrant. "Legal" and "illegal" - the American government created this phenomenon. If laws were changed, we would have far less "illegal" immigrants. The U.S. government can potentially make more room for legal immigrants and thus decrease the number of "illegal" immigrants. The government decided to criminalize the immigrants by illegalizing them, and the U.S. government can neutralize them if it wanted to. "Illegal" is a term used by the U.S. government to infiltrate xenophobic notions and concepts into the minds of American citizens. Hundreds of years ago, people never had to be classified this way. With xenophobia rampant in the U.S., people forget how important Latinos are to the U.S. If ALL the Latinos in the U.S. go on strike, or if the U.S. managed to deport ALL undocumented Mexicans, cities such as Los Angeles with literally collapse. You would realize that something is empty and not right.
I believe that Latinos will gradually be more accepted into American society as time goes on. 100 years ago, the Chinese have been extensively discriminated and barred from entering the U.S., and the racism imposed upon them was even stronger than the modern-day racism directed towards Mexicans. However, Chinese Americans, through hard work, determination, and shifting public opinion, have risen to become one of the nation's most distinguished and valuzble minorities. Nowadays, there is no Chinese Exclusion Act. I believe Mexican Americans, though from a different background, can do the same thing. Illegal immigration laws are like the Chinese Exclusion Act from 100 years ago. We need to leave behind the negative aspects of the past and move on to a better future.
I agree that we do not "have" to do anything about this whole issue. We certainly do not "owe" Mexico anything. Indeed the moronic Mexican government and ruling class are largely to blame for this problem. However in my opinion this is not about what we "have" to do; it is about what we "should" do. Americans are far and away the most decent, friendly, and tolerant people on this earth. We treat immigrants from all lands better than any other nation on earth. This is a wonderful part of our national character. Another great characteristic for which we are justifiably known is our sense of fair play.
For the last twenty years (since the 1986 amnesty), many Americans - not just big hotel chains and Argri-business outfits, but many average Americans - have basically given these illegal workers a wink and a nod and have hired them to pick crops, slaughter beef, mow yards, clean house, paint our houses, care for kids, etc.. Every American that did this knew very well at the time that the person they were dealing with was technically illegal.
What were these Mexicans supposed to think? All of them arrived poor, and most have no more than a forth grade education. Most of them are however quite trusting, hard working, Christian, and decent. Obviously Americans wanted them here; we paid them well (compared to what they were used to), and we were friendly toward them. We Americans basically gave them the impression they were welcome and that ultimately whatever problems they had with their work status would be resolved in future. Meanwhile - we implied by our actions - if they just worked hard enough, they could trust that we (us Americans) would make things Ok. They trusted us.
Now, twenty years on, after their having worked very hard for low pay, all the while trusting that we would somehow "make it right", and after many or them have bought homes and land, and have kids growing up here and all the other things that come with life, now we are considering simply rounding up all these folks and hauling them back to Juarez or whatever other Mexican hell-hole they came from, and telling them that next time they should follow the rules.
they cut in line of all the people who are legally waiting, i am mexican legally. I have no problem with them coming over here legally, but when they come here illegally i think they should be shipped back to their country.
The reason why they don't mess with the oriantals Because they have MONEY. Check the DMV and see how much oriantals pay in car registration fees. Its outragious. Like 70%. They own busnesses (many). They give the government alot of money... The government says enter legally. BUT,,, only give out a very limited amount of green Cards. While Everyone else that WANTS to come to america gets here easly. Can you get information on how many people get visas by race...it would be amazing....
Why is everyone on Mexico's back. What about the other nationalities. Have you looked around lately. Mostly everyone says Illigal immigrant dont pay taxes. That is untrue. They have other peoples social security numbers, not fake numbers. The Government takes money out of there checks just like us. Becuase they are illigal they don't file taxes. Sooo, The government keeps all the money. Whith the reg. hours of work and overtime. Where does the money they withhold out of there paychecks Go!!!
HAILA BELLE BRAMBILA
Why do people think that immigrants don't pay taxes? My parents pay taxes and so does the rest of my family. Do you really think they go around jobs to see who is illegal and if they're paying taxes? NO! I don't think so! I was born in Santa Ana, California my parents and some of my other family members are illegal. I'm PROUD to be Mexican and it pisses me off that everyone thinks we come over here to steal jobs and take money. If you don't work who will? If my people come over here it's because they want a better life and they want to provide for their families. Some people want to get a better education but colleges won't accept them because they are illegal. Do you think that is fair? I don't because there are some that really want to be something in life and they want to have the lives that they couldn't have back home. Americans get mad because they say immigrants steal they're jobs and take their programs, when the majority of the lazy bums that stay home are AMERICANS who live off welfare and do nothing and sometimes put themselves in poverty so they can get money without working for it while others like IMMIGRANTS work their asses off to provide for their families and provide our children with better lives. I appreciate all my parents have done for me, and i'm determined to make them proud because of what I have been told my whole life, that there are people who would like to have the same oppurtiniy I've had of being born in America. I'm not racist but I don't think it's fair we get criticized for doing what we do best...WORK!
ARE U SERIOUS?????
WHEN I CAME TO THIS COUNTRY I WAS 2YRS OLD, I CAME WITH MY AUNT. I DID NOT ASK TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY. I BECAME A CITIZEN 15YRS AGO. I WAS JUST LIKE THOSE PEOPLE. AND I UNDERSTAND HOW THE U.S CITIZEN PEOPLE FEEL.WE NEVER NEVER ASKED FOR ANYTHING FREE IN THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE HAD TO WORK OFF WHAT MY KIDS NEED AND WHAT WE HAVE. ALWAYS BEEN GREATFULL FOR THIS COUNTRY. BUT ALL THE ILLEGAL PEOPLE NEED TO WORK FOR WHAT THEY NEED NOT WANT,BUT NEED. ITS THE WAY GOOD THINGS COME YOU. DONT LIVE OFF WHAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE WORKED SO HARD FOR. BECAUSE NOT EVEN MEXICO OR YOUR COUNTRY WILL GIVE YOU WHAT YOU TAKE FOR FREE FROM THIS ONE.MY POINT IS DONT CALL THEM ILLEGALS CALL THEM PEOPLE OUR COLOR IS WHAT SEPARATES US ONLY. AND PEOPLE DONT ROB,THIS COUNTRY WORK FOR WHAT YOU NEED REMEMBER NOT WANT. THIS IS WHY AMERICAN PEOPLE HATE OUR KIND OF PEOPLE. AND THIS IS HOW THE AMERICAN WAY HAS ALWAYS BEEN.
To Jorge Ruiz
A US citizen can not simply go to Mexico to work, remain undocumented, use government benefits, and have no consequences. Many Mexicans do come here use fake social security numbers, attend school, have children who attend our schools, use hospitals and medicare with no consequence. They don't have medical bills placed on their credit reports for none payment, like so many hard working legally and documented citizens and immigrants have happen everyday. I have seen in the finance industry fraudulent documentation, which is illegal for all persons in the USA. Why are we even having this argument about legality. There are laws by which WE all must abide. Mexicans are not the exception. Africans, Asians, Cubans, all want to come to the US everyday. It is not fair to have one standard for them and a different one for Mexicans. Why aren't the Mexicans that do extremely well in the US not return to their country to create better opportunity for the people of Mexico.
In the South, many undocumented illegal aliens do not pay into the Social Security & medicare systems. I have personally witnessed fraudulent identification provided to access government benefits, not limited to several persons presenting the same Driver's License with the same TID number with different photos. Banks are not obligated to report the information to the authorities, due to privacy laws. It is challenging to understand how we can continue the intake of so many illegal aliens when they are commiting crimes to come here and continue to commit crimes for work. Any US citizen committing the same fraud would be jailed and personal credit ruined.
I was reading the this. There is a misunderstanding here. Indians DO NOT get any money to start their business from US govt. NOTHING IS FREE IN AMERICA. only hard work pays here. I have heard this many times. Indians dont get any money to start their business in USA
I Expect this to offend every Mexican born person that reads it.Its not the illegitimate way that they get into our country that pisses everyone off.It is the aftermath of their being here that hurts every American that gets up every morning and goes to work.Yes,They do use resources that they do not pay for.Because, the don't pay taxes when they use the county clinic, when they deliver another child,when their school age children need immunizations,these are just to name a few well guess who pays for that.As my insurance rates skyrocket.So no I say close the borders we have given enough handouts and sorry but, we must take care of ourselves now.
Undocumented workers are considered illegal by laws that people presume are right. In the 17 and 1800's it was legal to own slaves. Does that mean that it was right? We were threating other people as though they were not humans. Is it right that we consider undocumented workers as ILLEGAL ALIENS. They are still people trying to feed there families and survive. Plus we are also being hypocrites ourselves since most of us have broken a law at least once, such as drinking under age or driving under age. Immigrants are not illegal.
I'm all for immigrants and everything but illegal immigrants is what i can't agree with. I know that they are trying to make a life for themselves and their family. And I know that the mexican government is corrupt and i also know that the Americans aren't being nice about this. But we need to think about the homeless people and the people on food stamps first.
My thoughts about immagration. I believe that most Americans welcome legal immagrants. It is the illegal immagrants that cause comotion, becuase they are breaking the law. Everyone keeps talking about our ancestors, yes they were immagrants. Our ancestors made this a country. Before them it was not a country. Now that it is, there are laws and regulations that everyone must abide by or face the consequences. There has to be certain rules for a country otherwise that country will not be one. Country what does it mean? I believe it means that many people come together, united, they have a set vision of how they want to be governed. Look at our ancestors, what did they want? Look at the constitution. They fought for this country. Why don't people fight for Mexico? Why not fight for your country?
Illegal immagrants do not have rights here, that is why it is illegal. I have friends both illegal and legal. My legal friends have a hard time getting drivers licenses and things of that nature because of all the illegals. How is that fair? My illagal friends have been thru a lot to get here and I would probably do the same if I were them, but I would not get upset if I was sent back to my country because I know I would be breaking the law. People our disrespecting America and its laws.
I don't understand why America can't help Mexico like it is helping Iraq. They are our neighbors! Shouldn't people help neighbors? If the counrty needs help then lets help our neighbors. Then they will have a good country too. We can not accept illegals. America is flooded with illegals now. Some don't even believe they have to speak English, or some think they should be getting free money and health care from the government. I don't even have health care. Millions of Americans don't have health care! How is that fair? Americans would work construction and restaurant jobs if there were any. They don't want to work by picking crops. Neither do illegal immagrants. Why would they at 5.00 an hour? If we don't fix our big problems soon, then we are going to be in big trouble.
Does any one no of any illigal immigrant that is taking welfare or social security? Don't you need to be a US citizen to take advantage of it? Where is the free housing for illegals that I read about in someone's comment. American can get so greedy, thats why were the fattest county in the world. Illegals deserve the right to work/become citizens in the United States.
I'm a Mexican-American born to parents that crossed the border illegaly. There are some people that believe that I should go back to Mexico, but that is completely unfair. I'm just as American as anybody else that was born here. I went to the same schools, learned the same language and starting this November will vote in the same elections. The debate is very circumstantial, Americans that are descendants of immigrants that came here a long time ago can conveninetly point their fingers at people like my parents. Why don't they go back home too? A more reasonable approach is to answer the question: Why hasn't the Mexican government done anything to better the Mexican economy? And then all of us Mexicans should unite do something about it.
Well, I believe that there are many misconceptions about America. I am supposed to live in the land of the free; however, I live in the land of selfishness. I was born and raised in the United States, and considering many of the other options I feel lucky. By no means do I think that this country is the land of the free. Constantly Americans want people to be who they want to be, what freedom is that. Sometimes I wonder really what Mexicans see in this country. Why would anyone want to come to a country that does not allow them to be who they want to be. I believe that the majority of Americans just need to get over themselves. If we stop fighting each other and come together, maybe we might have the free land that we so desire. Mexicans still believe that there is an American dream, but when they come here they find many of the hardships that they left behind still following them. I feel that America has lost the dream and become selfish land. We should allow anyperson to come here and follow their dreams including the Mexicans. I feel that we the people of America need to stop worring about what we might lose if more people come, and we need to see what we have already lost. There are children starving, children killing each other, families in such poverity that they may not see tomorrow. We should remember that white people also sell drugs, kill people, are in gangs, and that they too are a part of the failure of this society. We need not to blame others for what we can not control. Americans need to lose the disrespect that they have for "outsiders" and learn from them. Mexicans could teach us a lot about what is actually important; family, love, and community. I do not think that people need to critizise what they do not know. Remember the differsity issues that we have faced in the past with the civil war. We are on this path again. If we do not start to love each person for an idividual instead of their race then we as a country have lost. We Americans should be proud of our land and what "we stand for." We should embrace all people that do not have the things that we do and allow them to share what is ours. How can you be Americanized when the American culture is supposed to be the freedom of being an individual? Americans want so badly to have what they want that they do not care who they hurt in the process. I am ok with Mexicans coming to this country to find the American dream. We should come together as all races to solve the problems of this society and delete blaming everyone else out.
I THINK THAT THE REASON WHY AMERICA IS SO IMPORTANT AND PROSPEROUS IS BECAUSE OF THE HISPANICS. ALL THE PEOPLE THAT COME FROM MEXICO COME HERE TO WORK SO IF IT WASN'T FOR US WHO WOULD BE WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION, RESTAURANTS AND OTHERS. OUT OF TEN PEOPLE IN CONSTRUCTION THERE IS 2 BLACK OR WHITE PERSONS WORKING AND THE REST IS HISPANICS. WITHOUT US AMERICA WOULDN'T BE THE SAME!!!
i just think that the governer should give all mexicans whom are staying in the U.S. a chance of course those who want a good life because i come from the bottom yes, am cittyzen but, i know enough people out there who do wish that the president would under stand them..And it does get me mad because neither the president or the governer now anything about how it feels to be on the bottom now they are in the top and come from no bottom.so, they do not know how much these people out there are strugglring to get their money to feed their kids and family...If i was to be the president or had a chance to talk to him i would do anythig possible to touch his heart and make him realize the real world..Because it is a hard nox life.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT ILLEGALS COME HERE BECAUSE IT IS SUPPLY & DEMAND. IF WE DIDN'T NEED THEM THEY WOULN'T COME HERE. IT IS NOT AS EASY FOR THEM TO COME HERE LEGALLY AS IT IS FOR US CITZENS TO GO THEIR COUNTRIES. WE NEED THEM BECAUSE MOST OF THEM ARE UNDERPAID, THEY DO MOST DIRTY & HARD JOBS. THEY CLEAN HOUSES,OFFICES, YARDS,PICK VEGGIES & FRUITS ETC THE LIST IS TOO LONG TO FIT HERE. MOST OF YOU THAT ARE AGAINST IMMIGRANTS MIGHT NOT LIKE TO SEE MY LAST NAME NEXT TO YOURS ON THE PAYROLL LIST & MAKE COMMENTS WHEN I MAKE MORE THAN YOU BUT NONE OF YOU COMPLAIN WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT AN OTHER HISPANIC SOILDER GETTING KILLED OR ENLISTING IN THE ARMED FORCES DO YOU I DIDN'T THIK SO. YOU WANT AN ILLEGAL FREE AMERICA THEN YOU MIGHT NEED TO STARVE BECAUSE THE VEG. ON YOUR BURGERS IS GOING TO COST MORE TO PICK THERE FOR YOUR BURGER IS GOING TO COST A LOT MORE. HEY THEY MAY EVEN CHARGE YOU A PROCESSING FEE BECAUSE THEY WON'T HAVE THE UNDRPAID ILLEGAL MAKING YOUR BURGER!!THE TRUTH IS THAT MOST ILLEGALS DONT GET SOCIAL SERVICES BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT LEGAL AND YOU NEED TO BE LEGAL TO COLLECT. YOU KNOW WHO COLLECTS AND NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE WELL IT IS YOUR WHITE TRASH PEOPLE.
Recently I read a op-ed piece that appeared in a New Jersey newspaper as it relates to immigration. It was a different slant on the problem then we normally read or hear about from the media.. The issue of immigration, as you know, is hot and heavy with some extreme feelings on both sides of the issue. After having read article, it made me wonder if there has ever been any concerted effort on the part of our government or any group of people, grass roots or otherwise, who have made an issue of the failure of the Mexican government to ever really address this perpetual problem. If the numbers we read are fairly accurate, which includes thousands of Mexicans who risk their life to come for work and while here allegedly sending 20 billion dollars back to loved ones then a solution must be found. That remarkable dollar figure alone is an indication that most come, not for themselves, but for families left behind who need this support. Additionally, that figure is a double edge sword. Mexican officials surely see it as a boon to their economy. Unfortunately, it may also mean that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer in Mexico It seems reasonable to me that instead of constantly praising the various government officials in Mexico as we seem to have done for as long as I can remember, we should be condemning them for not being willing or able to help their people Perhaps we also should be constantly exerting pressure on those officials so that Mr. Jose Gonzalez who was quoted in the article and all who have come because they feel there is no alternative, might be provided the opportunity to earn a living wage in the country of their birth. In my opinion, nothing else we do will ever solve the problem We are watching and listening about many 3rd world countries who are constantly increasing their standard of living, but we never hear that about Mexico, our next door neighbor. It is well past time that Mexico be held accountable for its failures.
That our U.S. Veterans that fight for our country get turned away from healthcare every day, while the Illegals get free Healthcare? What is wrong with that picture?
Also do you know that Mexico has very strict Immigration laws and that they deport more Illegals that the United States? That Mexican Government makes darn well sure that you have Legal documentation and have the means to sustain yourselves economically. NOt destined to be burdens on their society, be of good Character and have no criminal records. I can go on and on.
You need to all get the facts! Also to some of my fellow hispanics, stop playing the racial Trump card! This is not a Racial Issue! There is no respect in playing the victim!
Personally I worry that there will be any Medicare or Social security for me and my family when I get older. I doubt it, because it is all going to support the Illegals! All the hard work I do is not going to benefit me, or any other Americans. All I see is the Illega ls getting it all!
I am of hispanic decent like many of you, but I am against illegal immigrants being here. My message to all of you who are so patriotic for Mexico is why don't you go over there and try to change your own government? Why didn't those of you that marched, march over there. I am very upset at the disrespct I see against America. Now don't get me wrong I am certainly not racist nor am I a trader to the hispanics, because there are some very decent hispanic people. The illegals want a piece of the American Pie and are so willing to take free housing, welfare, take advantage of our public school system. Funny that they want to take everything America has to offer, but yet they don't want to be a patriotic American. Flying those Mexican flags during the march said alot to me. It said Hey thanks American tax payers for taking care of our asses, but Screw You! I am sorry but although I am hispanic, I am an American first! You want to come live here, then be an American, then act likeone. Those of you that want to come here legally and be respectful, and conform to the Americanway, and learn the language the Bienvenidos!! I am sorry but I donot feel this is a racial Issue, at least not to me. Of course I feel bad for the plight of people that come here, but I am sorry, you need to abide by the laws, and that is that!!!
Basically i don't agree with ths whole immigration thing and how they are not allowed to be in the us. Ok they might sneak across the border but what ever happen to america is a free country. Basically this is the land of immigrants. Every single person in the u.s is an immigrant.Our past relatives migrated from somewhere. The only people that are not immigrants are the Natives Americans that had this land taken from them.
When in comes to amnesty there shouldn't be any period. I'm disappointed, but not surprised that Bush decided to cater to the Mexican population, because what he fears most is a backlash from Mexicans and rather or not they will vote Republican in the next election. Illegal in itself already means that you have broken the law, thus you shouldn't be awarded for having done so. There should be no special rights given to Illegals from Mexico just because there is a large Hispani population in the United States. They need to follow the law like everyone else and for starters learn to speak English and not expect people to speak their language in a country that isn't theirs and demand to be treated like every other citizen and resident alien when they are not. News flash!, if you don't have a green card you are breaking the laws and you have no rights under the laws of the United States, because you have no right to be here in the first place. Honest, decent, hard working people are not the only ones who cross the border, there are also violent criminal gangs, drug smugglers, rapists, murderers, pedophiles, child molesters and human trafficikers. Illegals from Mexico haven't done as much as some people would like to think to boost the economy, which didn't fall apart as proof when they took off work to protest everywhere. Everyone of them should have been arrested right there and deported.
It is indeed unfortunate that the U.S. Senate has so little interest in preserving America as we know it. There is no reason why a voluminous and complex comprehensive immigration bill is needed. The border control and enforcement provisions should have been severed from those related to guest workers, pathway to citizenship, etc. These are two separate issues that deserve separate bills, separate debate and separate votes. As usual the Senate is trying to bury unwanted provisions in a lengthy bill that no one has read or understands completely.
A few simple provisions would have been sufficient as follows:
1. English is the official language of the United States and all official local, state and federal business will be conducted in that language. Public schools will offer only English immersion classes instead of bilingual classes.
2. Anyone who crosses U.S borders illegally will be prosecuted as a felon and subject to confinement for not less than one year for the first offense and longer terms for subsequent offenses.
3. Employers are responsible for verifying that all of their employees are in the United States legally. Failure to do so is a felony and will be prosecuted accordingly, with a fine for each occurrence of $25,000 and jail time if the employer persists in this illegal activity.
4. All illegal aliens in this country will be repatriated humanely at their own expense, the expense of their home governments, and/or their employers.
Just get your papers and come legally. That sounds simple. Where should they get the money to get the legal papers? Oh, just don't eat for a few months and save it, right? We are talking about people that make 750 pesos a week. That are taking care of a family of five or more. There is NOT enough to live on. How are you going to save any? Could you feed your family of five on $75 and have any left over to save?
Since the 1500's whites have invaded America. They have driven indigenous people from their rightful land and didn't think twice about it. Many americans feel the illegal or undocumented mexicans in the USA are invading their country. I believe that this is how the native americans or american indians felt when whites invaded their land centuries ago. I say what goes around comes around! Focus on the businessmen making milions on the labor efforts of these people who are here to make a better life for themselves. The US government gives money to immigrants from India and other countries so they can start up businesses. Look at all the convenience stores and who operate them. How does a person from another country with no means to start a business become a business owner while many natural born citizens are struggling to make a living. The government takes better care of these people than their own!
My guess is that anyone who is saying that immigrants should go back to their home country has no real reason for it. People jump on the chance to blame someone for the problem, back then they blamed the African Americans and now they blame the Hispanics. There should be no blame or hatred. How can you hate an entire group of people when you know nothing about them?
Why don't the Mexicans stay in their own country and make it better? What bothers me the most is that they all come here illegally. Many immigrants from other countries come here but they get proper documentation, besides learn our language first. Mexico is not persecuting anyone, why not stay there and make it work. The majority of Mexicans are not lazy, so why does it seem that they want the easy way out by coming to the U.S.? Twenty years ago I was in the U.S. Marines, I served with many different nationalities, however, all American. I remember talking about this illegal alien problem then, may of us felt that we should send the Marines and the military to guard the border and not let anyone cross that is not legal.
Gordon J. Johnson
I think Maria is right. Although I am opposed to any amnesty or wholesale granting of citizenship merely by paying a fine, learning English, and paying back taxes, We probably need some workers on a more or less permanent basis. I would sort them out by having all employers re-advertise extensively all of their jobs currently held by illegal aliens, offering a living wage and hiring preference to American citizens. This should weed out the illegals who have actually displaced American workers. The illegal aliens holding jobs that cannot be filled through this process should be extended guest worker status if they can pass a background check and if they will subscribe to a national objective of family planning and population stabilization designed to limit each couple to no more than two children. Our nation is threatened with an explosion that will double its population before the end of this century. That will serve no one's interest as traffic, pollution, crime, corruption in govenment, and the demand for land reduces America to a net importer of food. This projected population growth will put unacceptable and unmeetable demands on natural resources such as water, petroleum, power, and other minerals. It will begin to create an American that looks like the places illegal aliens fled to seek a better life. Is that what they want? It is in their own enlightened self-interest to help us curb population growth before we collectively "kill the goose that laid the golden egg."
Since groups like the Minutemen are on the border claiming to help the border patrol, we say they are racist because they are stopping our people from a peaceful crossing, now that Bush is sending troops to the border does that mean Bush is a racist?
I am a U.S. Citizen, born in Mexico.
I say open the borders up and let everyone have an equal chance at the opportunity of America.
As Americans we can not hoard this opportunity. The plentiful, wide-open frontier of America is not ours to give or take.
I encourage people to join the Million Person March:
In my opinion i think that some illegal immigrants should receive their citizenship. I know tha it is impossible liegalized all of the us. But i think that they should legalize the people that had been living here in the USA for more than 5 years and had contribute to the community. Also, they sgould legalize the children that were brought here when they were small. I was brough here when i was about 2 1/2 years old. Yes i did cross the border... but i dont know anything about where i am from, because i dont know. I have been living here in the USA now for about 17 years. I think that it is unfair for those children that were/are brought to the USA and have been studying in schools since they crossed the border and still remain illegal. Because of their parents actions. And the solution is not sending them back to their country...anyways that is what i think and believe.
As an American citizen i think that the immigrantes should get papers becouse if we give them papers they or some could work for us if they want to they. They could help us by joining the army so we could be more powerful. I think that beyon the border might be great.But not that great like ours.
Have you never ask yourself why this country is very big and important?Well this country isn't just important because it is very big.This country is important because here we work hard and we feel proud of this country.And even immigrants are proud of this country even if there are not from here. But they want to be here in the United States they have many dreams that they want them to become true.And people from here can help those dreams come true by letting them stay here.Please help their dreams come true.Please give them a chance.Weare all people!
and if theese ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS would obey our laws they would see how much freedom they could enjoy!
and by obeying our laws mean's
1. going home.
2. applying legally for access to u.s.a.
3.applying for a green card to become an amreican
learn english and understand english
it is easy to do if you want it
I'am just dying to see this movie. I stumbled on to the site because of college research I 'am doing on a paper. My mother is a Phillipino and I feel good to hear my feelings through the experience of all that respond to this film. I disturbs me to hear anti immigrant slurs, I think to myself how can people be so cruel to others, but I feel that if Mexican were white Americans would be welcoming. Since there was refugee fleeing from communist parts of Europe in the 80's I never recalled complaints of them coming here. My worst experiences was the social isolation whites as rasism. I'am strong they do'nt know the good person who could be thier best friend. I'm for illegal's stay in America because it's humane.
Why you wanna get them out of here?this is not your country Ok! understand and leave them alone isn't this a free country ? some don't flee they just wanna have a new life and know different people My chicana(meaning I am from mexican parents but born in the united States) pride makes me support my people.
If the situation in Mexico is so terrible why don't the mexican people force a change in their Government?
Why do they flee into the United States of America and then try to make my country the cespool that they fled from?
I think that the people of Mexico can make their country more like the United States if the make an effort.
There have been many studies linking the high level of immigration to lower wages in many low skilled jobs. It is basic economics: if you increase the labor supply so that it outstrips demand, the prevailing wage will go down.
I also live in Los Angeles, where the public school system has collapsed under the weight of the illegal population. Although I am not a low wage laborer competing in the labor market with illegals, I pay a hefty price for illegal immigrants in another way.
I understand the motivations of the illegal immigrants, but I do not appreciate their violation of our immigration laws.
Every since (9/11) this has been the biggest issue, if the goverment would NOT let people from other countries come to America, then it would have never happend.... But oh do I beg to differ.... YOU SEE PEOPLE,! it's not anyone's fault, it's only the bible fullfilling, nothing is going to stop this, so stop being so hard on the mexicans who are just trying to make a living, they want to work, so why stop them, my husband is mexican, and he is a wonderful person, with a wonderful heart, he is great to me, and we love each other, he is not legal, and the goverment is making it harder and harder, for mexicans to get legal~~ I don't understand why.. I think America is mean, and selfish, and if it wern't for the mexican, America will fall.... they are hard workers, and people should not judge other people everyone is equal, and before you say harsh things about mexicans, look at your own life, before you judge them, they are wonderful,. and, if anyone needs to be kicked out of america, it might be you, expecially the ones, who are real mad right now at me;) and one more thing before I go, to all the so called Americans, check your history, before we were here, they were here first, to all the people who live in texas, long long time ago, that use to be mexico, so before anyone starts talking, check your history, your not as better as them as you thought bye bye
Forest Grove, OR.
I am of German, Irish, English, French, and Comanche descent. Had there been an back door to the Alamo I would probably have been all the above plus being a Mexican. I was born in Texas. I have no problem with Mexicans, I like a lot about their culture. None of my ancestors came to this country and demanded Bi-lingual speaking teachers to teach them English in the schools. In the early 1800's there was a Congressional vote to make English the official language of the USA. It passed by 1 vote (German came in 2nd). All my ancestors learned English without help of the the schools. Evidently, the Mexican (so called MEN) don't have the Cajones to learn how to speak English. They leave it to their women. Mexicans are a hard working, friendly people, and I don't blame them for wanting to better their living conditions.. But unfortunately they try to impose their Culture on us North Americans, If their Culture is so great, fine. Go back to Mexico to enjoy it. Or, do like the Irish do, celebrate their culture on St. Patricks Day. I like the Mexicans better than the Irish anyhow.
I just finished watching the "Beyond the Border" documentary for the second time and was very moved by the struggles these brothers face. As a first generation Mexican-American I know the struggles my parents faced in coming to this country from Mexico. They like so many migrants endured the low paying, hard labor to provide just the basic for our family. I can recall the story my father told me, of being kicked repeatedly by border agents upset because he had once again gotten through. My heart can't help but to go out to these people, my people. Because just when your feeling proud to be an American, after all I was born here, some idiot will say go back to Mexico. Leaving me to wonder what would I do in Mexico? I've never known anything else but this, my home the U.S. of A. I hear so much anti-immigrant sentiment (and in California that means Mexicans) and it seems no one sees the economic benefits these people bring to this country which are many. Just the financial burden they seem to be placing on us. So thank you for reminding me where I came from and to never forget at what price those that came before us had to pay.
I have been researching the issue of immigration and came across you're site. I read in one article from A Sanchez that the mexican immigrants were not able to reap the benefits from paying employment taxes. Maybe not but they recieve free health care through state indigent funds that legal Americans pay for. I can remember being just out of high school and needing some medical help and was told that I didn't qualify.In another page on you're web site I saw a heading stating " Imagine giving up everthing, you're family, you're language.....". Come on, mexican immigrants are not giving up everything, especially their language. My children are being FORCED to learn spanish in elementary school. The immigrants who come to this country from european countries in early american histroy did not have a problem learning the english language so they could get better jobs and grow to be a part of the united states culture. We are all americans, United States citizens, if you wish to be recognized as a Latin American I question you're loyalty to this great country.
I myself am an immigrant born in Peru but raised here in Newark, New Jersey. I technically came to the states as an "illegal" but obviously being little more than a year old I had no concept of what being "illegal" was.
I currently attend Rutgers University. I saw this film and thought it was interesting because it showed a perspective of the immigration situation that is humanist and show the severed family ties the situation creates. I could, in a sense, relate to the film. I never met my grandfather until he was on his deathbed. As a matter of fact I never met most of my family members until I was already a teenager and traveled to Peru, though unlike Juan's children in the program I could at least speak to them as I grew up in a barrio which allowed me to sustain my ability to speak Spanish.
Growing up in poverty-ridden Newark, New Jersey, it was great to finally see a piece that showed the truth about the exploitation of Hispanic laborers. In the Ironbound area of Newark there are vans that go around picking up day laborers to go to factories to work. In other parts of New Jersey, namely Industrial Ave at Edison there are plenty of factories basically exploiting day laborers. During the summer I would go work at these places and would get paid a little over the minimum wage for hours of work. For a kid, it was great having extra money, but for a fully grown adult who has to pay rent, the bills, send money home, and after that hope maybe to spend some on recreational activities it is not a good situation at all. What strikes me is the amount of people that complain about immigrants using up tax-funded social programs. Meanwhile the payroll taxes, that pay into social security and Medicare, that illegal immigrants pay into (and never see a dollar of mind you) are rarely talked about.
If there is one issue that I do agree on with the anti-immigration crowd, it is that the use of "illegals" as scab workers to break unions is something that is indeed troubling. However, inclusion should be the solution. Should "illegals" have the same rights as other workers, access to the courts without fear of deportation, ability to unionize without being threatened with deportation, etc... then there would be no incentive to hire "illegals" and there would be a "fair playing ground".
I think that the film makers did a great job creating this film. I also think that Latino Public Broadcasting has found great films to produce and this is just another one. It is good to see that amongst all the superficial Scott Peterson, Natalee Holloway, Michael Jackson, etc stories that have come to dominate commercial television. There is still a place in television, public broadcasting, that serves as a bastion from intellectually and culturally stimulating films. I thank you people for that.
I SAW THE SHOW LAST NIGHT AT 3A.M AND I WAS MOVED. I WORK WITH 9 GUYS FROM MEXICO, AND THEY R GOOD GUYS. THEY R HERE TO WORK AND SEND MONEY HOME TO HELP THERE MOM AND DAD PAY BILLS AND IF THEY GET SICK, WELL THEY GOT MONEY TO SEE THE DOC. AND TO PUT THERE BRO'S/SIS THROUGH SCHOOL. TO BE HONEST,THEY DON'T GET PAID E'NUF. THEY GET TAKEN ADVANDGED OF. THE BROTHER'S WORKING AT THAT HORSE FARM,ONLY GET'N $230 A WEEK. COME ON NOW,THAT SHOULD BE $445-$592 A WEEK. THEY DO THE WORK NO OTHER AMERICAN THAT THINKS THERE TO GOOD TO DO THAT TYPE OF WORK. SO DON'T COMPLAIN AMERICANS.
I had seen this documentary this morning, it was well informing and delightful. Tthe customs and traditions that these people bring to this country is what makes this country the cornucopia of the world. Such a good video, I really appreciated the dancing, music & the love these people have for each other.
As a third generation Mexican- American I try my best to sympathize and understand the plight of many immigrants these days. But I know quite simply I cannot. I will never understand how difficult things were back in the day, and even now, for so many. Immigrants of the past and today (legal or not) do seem to be at heart all about hard work, respect, and a genuine love for their family. Who could ever fault someone for that? It is a shame there is such an anti-immigrant atmosphere here in the states. These are very noble individuals who given the right opportunity and situation would probably be just as successful or more so than natives born here.
As a child I was "fortunate" to always have been provided for. Being the youngest also afforded me a few opportunities my siblings did not have and ones my parents would not have dreamed of. I am so grateful to those before me who had the vision, drive and work ethic to take a brave chance in a new country and strive for a better life. Today I am middle school teacher and frequently encounter children who recite tales similar to the one of the Ayala family. Try as I might to understand their situations I never fully do grasp where they are coming from. But they are beautiful students, and their heads are in the clouds with dreams of all they will accomplish someday. I hope many more American citizens will aid in those dreams and resist the urge to impede or bash a culture and world they know nothing about.
Keep up the great work!
My husband and I (both immigrants/ Brazil and Argentina) watched this tremendously well-made documentary last night. It should be required curriculum in high schools across the U.S.: it would make native-born Americans greatful for the opportunities they were born with, and which sometimes are squandered. It would also make people more compassionate towards "illegals," who, for the most part, come here out of desperation for a better life. Keep up the great work!
I just finished watching your fabulous documentary. I was really touched by the story and even though I am not the type to go on line and comment I felt inspired because your film made me feel proud of my beautiful culture and the dignity of my people.
As I read the negative comments I feel a great sadness for the lack of compassion and as the parent of 3 wonderful hispanic children I worry about the type of world they are going to have to face. I only wish that those who sound so afraid and threatened could see and learn about 'true love and dedication to God and family. I am not ignorant and I understand the complexity of the subject but No matter who you are and where you or your family comes from it should be about the beauty of the human spirit.
Well...Im a mexican and the only problem with is that the damn government of mexico does not use the money in good benefits! But we are NOT pure maybe the many but WE are not poor...I detest that they criticize to us for that reason..I really like your country is so clean so famous...the good things that there is in mexico are that people are very pleasant with you and very sociable...but that if, economy is bad...the Mexicans have so bad reputation that already all takes like people low..but also USA hatred that the Mexicans insult americans...but they do not insult to mexico if you dont know mexico. Are many I and often seen that white people discriminate much against black people that it is unjust so that all we are equal and are have feelings no matter color or race are we all the people are humans...
I am an employer of Mexican immigrants. This film gave me so much insight into their feelings and motivations. They work so hard and have had my respect for years. I appreciate the opportunity to learn and share more with them.
America has a $7 trillion budget deficit possibly meaning everyone could be without a job
i think people should be cool with eachother
I hate it what White people have to say about us mexican.Why dont you americans shut the **** up and let us talk.We have good times and we have hard times so give us a ****** chance.We dont make you americans stop comin to our land, you,dont have to freaken cross the border do you!! dont you guys say "WERE ARE FREE"? so if we are then treat us the same. WE take jobs here because some freaken lazy americans dont want to take the jobs. so dont you guys come complaining to us that we're taking your jobs when you dont even want to do them!!!Let's end this and treat each other equally.dont come to uor land if we cant come to yours!!!!!
I am wondering when people in America will look at the causes of the mass migration of Mexicans. The World Bank has created economic policies that have caused devastation in Mexico. NAFTA obviously did not improve conditions in our neighbors country so no wonder they come here. There economic conditions were reduced by 70% in the 80's and it has only worsened. It amazes me what capitialism does to undeveloped countries-but then again look at what it does to the US. Profit, Profit, Profit!
I always roar with laughter when people make the declaration that their ancestors came to America legally. What a joke! Prior to 1921 there was no distinction between legal and illegal immigration. People arrived at Ellis Island and were screened for diseases and assesed as to weather or not they would become a public charge. That was it. People are outright foolish to think that today's immigration policies were intact throughout the entire nation's history.
�The derogatory slur for an Italian-American, "wop" is an acronymn for the phrase "with out papers" which denotes the immigrant status of large numbers of Italians after the 1920s. White people who think illegal aliens didn't show up until the 1970s better think again. Chances are their ancestors were illegal aliens. If they were true to their word, these people would migrate back to Europe and leave this continent for the Native Americans.
america for any immigrant point of view is the place where the kids can have the opportunity to live, to be somebody. it is a dream come true. but one think that immigrant don't know is that they never going to be a part of this colorful culture. a lot a thing and costums that are normal in your country become strange and unexeptible.and some time you wonder was i rised Ok? if you show love for you usband and family you look old fashion or people look like they mercy you. everything that you know about yorself become stranger. you have to be careful in any discussion or people re going to look as a rare specie. my opionin is that i give a lot of credit to all the immigrants who belive in the future in USA and trying to change thier belief and costum to become one day part of the american culture.
I think that the people that are immigrants should not be treated different?.We should all have jobs just like every one else. We have the rights to come to America. Because we come here for a reason and that reason is worhtit. I though people said that America is a free country?. We come here to have a better life, and to look for jobs and earn more money! because we have a better chance here. Some just come to get money and to help theire familys and they go throgh lots of things and they end up going back. But they tried so hard so it was all worht it and we all should be proud of the immigrants because they try even harder.
I raelly do not understand all you white people you all go so crazy over all the mexican food (practically die for it) and complain about all the mexicans that are coming over here! You white people don't let or want to let the mexicans come over but your sorry asses go into mexiaco when ever you fell like it don't you? so shut your faces and let people live their happy lives!if you didn't have any other choise you would do the same thing!
I think that the mexicans have alot of rights coming into the U.S. I am a native american as I remember maybe you do too. This was all one contenent one country before there was a government maybe it will be one again, someday.
im for all the workers crossing into this country,and making a great living.It seems the white american is getting very lazy.
I am very much pro-legal immigration, being a legal immigrant myself. But I am 100% against illegal immigration in any and all situations. I have no pity for someone who crosses the border illegally, no matter how hard working they are. They are criminals, plain and simple and should be arrested and deported.
Somehow houses were cleaned, vegetables were picked and cars were washed for many many years before this wave of illegals. Send them back home and one way or another, these services will still be provided by Americans.
I think the mexicans deserve to have a opportunity to stay in the United States. I know how hard is to cross the border between mexico and the united stated. It important to keep on minds that we are still part of the Mexican culture. I think we shoud help each other. I hope someday the Mexican goverment would find answer and solve the economic in Mexico so that our mexican people would in our nation.
This is very interesting all this talk about imigration like it's something new. If I'm not mistaken all of our families came here from somewhere else. Illegal, legal I really don't feel this should be the subject. We should focus more on helping those who want to make a better life for themselves, there families and help build a better place for all of us. And help those who don't find somewhere else to be, perhaps back where they come from. And for those who want to hate someone take a good look in the mirror, that should you occupied for a while.
People come to America from all over the the world,like Italy,for example. It takes a little while,but these people gradually assimilate.they say that they are not Italian Americans,but Americans of Italian descent. not all people who come here from Mexico,come here for ligitimate reasons. some come here illegally,committ crimes,then run back across across the border for protection. The y need to speak our language if they're going to live here,not the other way around. It isn't right to come to this country,then demand that everything is "Espanol", This is America this is disrespectful.
I want to congratulate you for such an excellent film. The story move me emotionally since I can identify with this film, being Mexican myself. This fils shows the human side and really remind us that eveyone has a story to tell. Please keep up the good work
I just seen this documentry and this issue really hit home, meaning yes I am a chicano and my grandparents are born and raised in mexico but this does not mean that we still have struggles with or without papers, meaning citizenship. This was a good show to watch and analize what really goes on in many homes here and in mexico. I really admire the raza that comes here and works hard in the jobs they get, and what draws my attention is when I hear "they just come here to take our jobs" but in reality if there was the oppertunity to ask those people if they would do those jobs my quess is that they would most likly denie them. There is a saying "NO FREE LUNCH" hey if they come here to better their lives and achive that then who is anyone to say that they don't belong here well, after all we didn't cross the border the border crossed us! VIVA LA RAZA!
I am a 58 year old African American female who waited many years to go to college because I chose to get married before finishing high school and didn't want to feel the guilt of being away from my children so I decided to wait until the 3 girls were married with their own families. The now 25 year old which is the baby made plans to be wed November 1999, so with that date in mind I signed up and started the local community college and earned my Associates In Applied Science in May 2003, so this fall is my first complete year at Temple Univeristy. I am a full time student. Though I never saw the film I only had to read maybe 5 responses before I got the picture. As an african american born in late 1946, and started public school in the south in 1952, did make education a challenge for me but I have decided to take a negative and work hard to make something positive out of it. The lack of real book knowlege really was robbed from me so early in my life but I have always held on to the desire and promised to myself that I would be "college graduate." While I realize every body do not desire or share the same in memory or desirce, those people will be my focus and I venture to law school after receiving my bachelors degree project date January 2006, because with God I can do anything. So I want the Mexican's here and in the United States and Mexico, I will be looking to help you with Prayer now and legal advice when I am licensed. I know to well how people can be cruel enough as to impliment laws to prevent black people from being educated and then they call us "ignorant", (smile) well how smart is that? I relate to well to the inhumaine treatment of the Mexicans and again I ask how smart is that? They too just like african americans will fight for a just cause if the have too and they will win. I watch PBS as often as I have time too. I watched "ROOTS" with Alex Haley one time and I can not watch it again. I feel a rage. I don't handle watching these kinds of movies as they often time take me out of my character with God so I will avoid the exposure until God fix that weakness in my flesh.
It was a great film that shows individual and personal experiences of mexicans to live here in the states. We often see them as a group, a burden "illegal" to society. But we often forget that these are human beings too that struggle to make the best of out life. I admired the brothers' courage and determination to survive and put their trust in God. I hope them the very best.
An extraordinary film that put a human face on the people who are contributing to the making of America. Just imagine America without Latinos for one day. What will it be?
Many thanks to PBS for this and many other wonderful films!!
Trouble is , you cannot trust, or respect illigals, 1- because, they may be sleeper cells ,and since 9-11 why should we trust anyone.2- they are bleeding us of our tax dollars, especially since so many american children go without adaquate nutrition.3-taking jobs from americans,on & on.
My husband is illigal and from Mexico. He has worked hard to earn the trust and respect from people in The USA. I am a white American and proud to be an American. But I have found someone who is caring and has morals and wants to be able to provide for his family, but it is very difficult with our immigration issues. Everyday we worry about the laws and him being "found". Not one person underdstands what "we" go through unless you are here in our shoes. I have 2 friends that are in my situation. Its hard. Illigals are only human, so please understand they just want to be treated as human as possible, they do jobs that frankly I would never want to do. They work outside in the cold/hot. For little becasue they do jobs none of "us" will do. They have more "balls" then alot of people, imagine going to another country and having to learn a new language, and a new culture. Please respect them, and help them become legal. They are your friends your neighbors, and your spieces.
Juan Gonzales �firstname.lastname@example.org
Nosotros los mexicanos no le hacemos dano a nadien. Entonces porque los americanos nos tratan como mierda. Sin los mexicanos no hubiera economia para los estados unitos. Nosotros somos los que los gusta castar la pinchi feria para comprar las cervezas, tortillas, jalapenps, etc... A nosotros si los sudan los pinchis huevos no como los pinchis americanos que se las pasan en la oficina en el pinchi aire.Quien se va a la guerra. Nuestros hermanos, porque? Los americanos no tienen los huevos para peliar para su propio pinchi pais. Es La NEta!! ARRIBA TODOS LOS MEXICANOS PARA SIEMPRE!!!! NOSOTROS NO LOS AGUITAMOS, NUNCA!!!!!!!
Arto Suominen email@example.com
Legally is fine, but illegally is not fine, it is against the law. I was poor when I moved into the United States, but I still did it legally, I just patiently waited for my turn. I gave up just as much as anyone else does when they move to the United States and I respected the laws of the United States of America when I immigrated here. I did not come from a Spanish Speaking Country so I even had to give up my language. Spanish Speaking population here do not HAVE to learn English, they have Spanish TV, Newspapers, and even many legal papers are in Spanish.
Sarah Brady firstname.lastname@example.org
I saw the documentary about a month ago on Public Television and was very moved. As a Californian, it is rare to hear about the humanity behind Mexican immigration, and the basic struggle of people for survival. I am currently taking an urban sociology class at the local university, and we are studying Mexican immigration. I would really love to get a copy of your film as my Professor is interested in showing it in class. Is there any way for me to do that? Thank you very much! -Sarah Brady
I just finished watching this wonderful and poignant film. My emotions ran the gamut, along with the emotions of those on the screen. An interesting realization is that although this family was from a different culture than mine, their experiences and processes were likely as diverse as those of any 4 brothers and their families from America, or from any other country. I�m again reminded of the adage: It's not about content; It's about process. While our individual experiences may differ, we all laugh, hurt, cry, bleed, and above all, love.
Alba Cardenas email@example.com
Great Job! You guys have captured the main message mexicans are trying to get across. Mexicans do not come to take anything from anybody, they come to work and work very hard. They come to help their families in Mexico and to try and provide them with the best they can afford. I personaly can identify with one of the guys, but I can't quite feel as happy as he feels because I am still working to accomplish something that will make me smile for ever. This is a true story and is all very real to many of us who have stuggeled and are still struggling. Once again GREAT JOB for portraying the struggles Mexicans have to face, even though they are right in our back yard. THANKYOU
Jesus M. garcia firstname.lastname@example.org
This presentation is very well made and inspiring. I am the son of mexican immigrants. I worked in the fields starting at age five. 39 years later I am in Clinical research for a good medical school. The depictions of this family are a good example of what contributions immigrants give to our wonderful country.My Parents always encouraged education, to pursue a better life and how working hard to study and learn is nothing compared to working in the fields or other hard labor. This beuatiful family in your film is doing the same thing but at a more basic level.Most hard working people like this come from strong religous morals and stay honest. We are all Humans in the end and should love and support one another like this family does. God Bless them
Wow. I was hooked even though I only caught the last 10 min. of the show. I am half hispanic born and raised here in Nebraska. I loved the show because it shows that Mexicans really do come here to make a living, and their intentions are never to stay, but to make and save money and move back to Mexico. Americans think they are the root of the problem for the lack of jobs, but I feel differently. America is the richest country, isn't it our job to help the other countries in need? Maybe that would solve the problem instead of killing the innocent people coming into the U.S. to make a living.
Noe H. Pena email@example.com
The immigrant's dream of a better life comes in all colors irrespective of race, religion or nationality. This program was in just plain words inspiring of the true story of four brothers reaching for the American dream. It showed the sacrifices one makes in order to better oneself. The Ayala brothers are the immigrants of today the story of America is being retold again and again. WOW it made me appreciate what I have here in the United States.
Raymond Beltran Bigraymo79@netscape.net
I had the esteemed pleasure of watching a program on pbs last night, 9-21-03, and the truth is it really hit home with me and the history of my family. I am the son of a illigal immigrant. I feel it is important to note this because the reality is that there are many people like me. The sacrifices made by their parents has enabled us,them to attend school and become what "Americans" hope. A law abiding, tax paying, american citizen. I have been able to become my fathers American Dream, i represent everthing he and many like him hope their children to become. so i say to all those people wo see immigration as a burden on this nation, wake up, at some point we must shift our focus from the fact that we are more than "American" we are fist and foremost Human beings and if some one can achieve a better life by illegally crossing the borders than im all for it. hey but who cares, right. i came here to expresss the fact that there are many families like the ones on the film, mine is one of those families, and in the end with hard work and dedication my father has been able to put myself and three others in position to succeed in this whitemans world. an May 2003 i will graduate from college with a bachelors degree in civil engineering from a state school in california thanks to my parents. que viva la gente mexicana que cada dia se levanta a las cinco de la manana para darles una vida mejor a su familia.
Nosotros como Mexicanos solo venimos a USA para ayudar a nuestras familias. No venimos a hacer mal a nadie, venimos a trabajar en lugares aveces nisiquiera aptos para humanos, trabajamos en lugares que nisiquiera estan regulados por la secretaria de salud o de seguridad. Nos pagan muy poco y es asi como dijeron los hermanos Ayala "Hacemos el trabajo que los Norteamericanos no hacen" El gobierno no ayuda a los inmigrantes de Mexico y otros paises de habla hispana que vienen a trabajar para mejorar la economia de USA, pero si ayuda a gente que viene de otros paises a dejar "muerte" y a poner en riesgo a gente que vive en USA. Gente sin remordimiento por la raza humana.
I enjoyed the documentary, and if I was in the position of the people in the film I would have done the exact same thing. However I am uncomfortable with the welfare system that exists between the US and Mexico. Mexico gains billions of US dollars from Mexicans working in the US, while many blue-collar American citizens lose jobs and suffer pay cuts due to freely avalible cheap labor.
Elvi Ruelas firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Mexican-American College student from Sacramento, Ca. My mother, like the Ayala brothers, came to the states many years before my birth as an illegal alien. Through this documentary, I saw my mothers pain. What she must have gone through to leave her village, parents, and siblings, to join her older siblings in their search for a better future. If it wasn't for all that pain, that same pain felt by the Ayala Brothers, I would be the one leaving a small village in Michoacan, in search for a better life. Instead, one persons' suffering turned in to 6 peoples triumph. ** Thank you PBS, this is why I contribute to you every year.
Angie Guzman email@example.com
I was touched by your documentary on these families. I am a 5th generation American who married a man from Michoacan. We had 3 children before his passing due to a car accident 9 years ago. Our son was 15 and our middle daughter was 9 but our youngest was only 3 years old at the time of his passing although our oldest children had visited his home town many times and knew their paternal grandparents our youngest had only been there once prior to his death and returned with us to Mexico for his burial. I have sent her to "meet" her grandparents becuase I want her to have the connection with them that our oldest 2 have. I was sitting here wondering if it was a good decision to send her there alone to visit them (her grandparents). After watching your show I am full of emotion and know without a shadow of a doubt that I did do the right thing. Her connection to her fathers parents, brothers and sister and just as important, his country, is inmeasurable. Thank you for telling us these stories. I will pray for these families so that they may be able to accomplish what their hearts desire.
LA LA firstname.lastname@example.org
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS PROGRAM SOOO MUCH. IT MADE ME CRY, HAPPY, SAD.. BUT INFORMATIVE. I WISH & PRAY THINGS BECOME BETTER FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE HERE "ILLEGAL" ( SO THEY SAY) & THOSE WHO ARE TO COME.. THIS IS AMERICA.. WE ARE ABLE TO HELP OTHERS.. YET SELFISHNESS/ POLITICS ARE TERRIBLE. MEXICO, JAMAICA, BELIZE THE LIST GOES ON & ON. PEOPLE ARE COMING HERE FOR A REASON. TO SURVIVE!!!!.. I THINK THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE BROADCAST OVER & OVER AGAIN.. TO ENLIGHTEN AMERICANS ON THE REALITY. OF SURVIVAL.. WE HAVE IT GOOD AS AMERICAN CITIZENS... LET'S KEEP OUR MINDS OPEN & HELP OTHERS. EVERYONE HAS A STORY. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOURS.....RESPECT FROM A AFRIKAN LIVIN' IN AMERIKA.. " I'M A SISTAH" BORN & RAISED IN AMERIKA
i was flipping through the channels and stumbled upon this interesting documentary on these immigrants brothers and i was immediately hooked. it's great to see that our fellow brothers from across the border are not seen as lazy, aliens but rather hard working people who just want to get ahead in life. i want to congratulate you all for making such a beautifully touching piece.
Initially, I was watching this program because of the Spanish content(my wife is mexican-american, and trying to teach me Spanish) But, I became glued to the program because of this family and there quest for la vida bueno. This system of things makes life difficult for many, and many see no hope at all for their future. Families are broken up, disease and illness ravage many. Even those with an 'easy' life and money can not stop old age or death. One of the boys in the film made the comment that things shouldn't be this way. He's right. I know our creator didn't make things this way, and he will do something about it.
Thank you for the wonderful documentary. There is much to understand and many barriers within ourselves that needs to be confronted honestly. I am Vietnamese and I know the hardships that my parents went through in order to provide for me and my brothers. Yet, I can say that I am still an ungrateful person (until I see a documentary like this). Because I have been provided for and have not been through some of these hardships, I remain ignorant and less understanding. Recently since the show, my heart goes out to those who have lost their jobs due to an invalid SS#. The managers who know them have commented that they were their best workers and would hate to lose them. Meanwhile, I sit on an ergonomic chair in a furnished cubicle and I work on a computer. Everyday I complain (sometimes out loud) about how low my pay is and how my life sucks and how I wish I had this or that or the lottery. That bad attitude is my problem. I think it is great that America is as diverse as it is and I believe it should continue. Having more Mexicans, Latinos, Hispanics (I'm sorry, but political correctness is not my thing) integrate into other communities is a huge benefit to those like me. I took Spanish for three years and love the culture, the music, the food, the people, the literature, and everything else I did not name. Mexicans can benefit our way of life better than we can to theirs. They affect our heart and our souls and helps us to strive for better. Is it not why Americans are in the U.S. also? We also strive for the betterment of our lives just as much as they do.
Lavinia Carbajal LaviCarbjal@hotmail.com
My name is Lavinia Carbajal, I am a Mexican immigrant like many others who come to the land of dreams in hope for a promising life. My family and I immigrated from Mexico, City eight years ago, I find myself very disrupted by the ignorant and bitter comments that hatefull people have made regarding the documentary. This people don't, and would never have the capability of understanding an "immigrant". For immigrants like us life in America has always been a challenge. I am definetly not applying in any way that we cannot be productive and embrace our communities, however, we always have to go that "extra mile" as oppose to whites and "african-americans". Many barriers have made it challenging for the Latino community (el lenguaje, las costumbres, etc) I found myself extremely proud to say that although we have had one to many bumps on the road, we have managed to increase our population, I truly hope that the young latinos like me, find the importance of becoming educated, and servin g "the land of dreams " I am convinced that every single Latino in the USA has the opportunity to benefit from this land, moreover, I think we need to remain focus at all times. We need to show ignorant individuals like the ones who commented above, that we are not only "essays'" or "taco eating monsters" and that we have a lot much to offer, than rather a good salsa. For all the latinos out there: Let's come together for good!!!
The "concerned citizen's" comment made a point that illegal is illegal. However, the purpose of the PBS special was to show that illegal should NOT be illegal, and show a more human side to the "illegals" that we try to keep out as if they were criminals, but in fact are trying to survive the aftermath of the US's contribution of exploitation countries such as Mexico (to list one of MANY). It makes people question the way we are treating human beings and the way that we hypocritically view the world based on democratic principles. I think this person�s view, is in fact the mainstream view. It is a view that protects American interests ans should therefore go unquestioned. It is a view that negates the responsibility that we have towards nations that we exploit. This view does not dare to think outside of the frame that maybe, just maybe, this country is not about freedom, but about money. God forbid we question the ethics of this view. Like many other close-minded citizens, thi s view is what allows for abuse to continue and ignorant statements, comments, views and even policies to prevail. While this show exemplified a struggle that did not address many of the deaths and abuses of the Border Patrol (among a few of the hardships faced) I applaud this show to dare to show a human side to the stories of these immigrants that goes against what the mainstream views are in this country. Thank you for your vision of humanity over the materialistic vision of many US citizens.
A CONCERNED US CITIZEN.
Subject: Mexican Borders
When the Law says it is legal, then it is legal for people to come into the USA without going through customs. You are all going against the law when anyone helps illegal�s into the USA illegally. It seams the word illegal means nothing. I watched your program March 29, 2003 on illegal�s coming into the USA at night crossing at other than going through the Proper border crossings. I did not like your program at all illegal is illegal border crossings This is the USA not Mexico or any other Country we have Laws and they should be adhered to. If the law is not to be respected ,who has the right to say which law we don�t have to obey . I think if you go to the supreme court they would tell anyone ,that no one has the right to say which law they would obey and which law they would not obey . If this were not true we would be a country without any law and order. Until the law is changed I would thin k it would be lot better to uphold the laws on the books at this time. It would be a great thing if we could bring all people up to our standard of living and wealth,but this can not be done. The one thing we can do is give are country away and end up at their standard of living. I for one say treat others as they would treat you. Go to Mexico become very ill, have no money,no one to help you are broke what will Mexico do for you??. I think you have to be a realest and as hard as it might be treat There People the same as their government would treat you. It is a hard pill, but where will we end up if we don�t take a hard stand on these matters??? Are own Medical system is under stress are many have closed how long will it be if this continues before we will be just as bad off as Mexico ??
Thank You Concerned
Para los hermanos Ayala, PBS y todo el crew. Solo queria darle las gracias a PBS y crew por hacer un documentary en immigracion. Siendo un emigrante, se lo que muchos de nosostros tenemos que pasar para llegar aqui. y ahora todo los estados unidos lo sabe. A los hermanos Ayala les doy gracias por tener el valor de relatar su historia, ya que muchos de nosotros no tuvieramos ese valor por miedo a lo que pueda suceder. No he mirado el documentary, pero lo acabo de leer para un projecto de la escuela. Mi punto de vista es que immigrantes son buenos para la nacion, y su historia relata mucho. Gracias nuevamente y hechenle ganas! En otra nota, para todos que lean esto. Creo que todo tipo de emigrantes debemos unirnos. No por que eres de otro pais debes sentirte diferente. Creo que muchos estado unidenses se han olvidado que en un tiempo sus ancestros fueron emigrantes tambien. Se han olvidado que los verdaderos "americanos" son los "native-americans" o los indios como Colon los lla mo. Este pais esta echo de immigrantes y sin ellos y sin nosotros, estados unidos no seria igual de potente como es hoy. Gracias nuevamente, Se despide un paisa de Michoacan!
HOLA: COMO ESTAN? ESPERO QUE BIEN..ES POCO LO QUE TENGO QUE DECIR PERO CREO QUE ES ALGO IMPORTANTE PARA TODOS.CREO QUE SOMOS UNA SOLA FAMILIA DE INMIGRANTES, QUE VENIMOS POR SEA CUAL SEA LA RAZON, NO HE VISTO LA DOCUMENTAL PERO LA HE LEIDO Y ME DA UN GUSTO SABER QUE ALGUIEN SE PREOCUPA POR DECIR LO QUE MUCHOS PASAMOS AL VENIR ACA, LO BUENO ES QUE TRAEMOS NUESTRAS BUENAS COSTRUMBRES Y DEMOSTRAMOS QUE SOMOS BUENOS TRABAJADORES EN TODOS LOS ASPECTOS AUNQUE EN ALGUNOS NOS SENTIMOS SOLOS.. SEAMOS DE DONDE SEAMOS SOLO QUIERO DECIRLES QUE NOS AYUDEMOS UNOS A OTROS POR TENER UN MUNDO MEJOR ..Y YO EN LO PERSONAL LE TENGO UN GRAN AMOR A MEXICO AUNQUE NO LO SOY..Y ESPERO QUE ALGUN DIA TODOS NO SUFRAMOS EN ESTE PAIS, SEA CUAL SEA LA RAZON..FELICITACIONES POR ESTE GRAN PROGRAMA QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA SIEMPRE..ADIOS
Beyond the Border was addicting to me from the moment I turned it on. The love in that family was so real and beautiful. Their story is so similar to millions of others and is a wonderful representation of the reasons why so many people seek work in the United States- to better their family. Work in Mexico es muy dificil to find, and pays so little. The brothers in this show demonstate what courage and love really is. They are true role models to me and show me the importance of love, family, and religion. They risk so much for what they have and it makes me realize how many things so many Americans take for granted. My best friend moved to the United States from Mexico and has taught me so many things about Mexican culture. The language and culture is so beautiful to me and it really hurts me to see that many Americans are so ignorant to immigrants. It hurts me to see what some of my closest and dearest friends have went through to cross the border.
I'm sorry to have missed the show. I only heard about it on the internet. However after reading about it on the PBS website I feel like I did see it. I work in an industry that hires a lot of Latinos and what I have experienced makes me proud to be able to call them my friend. They are smart,articulate and industrious. None of my friends can speak two languages. Theyl are very family oreinted, sending money home every week.If I ever have my own business I know they would be the kind of employee I would be looking for.
I have to admit that I have not seen your documentary but have only thoroughly read through the website. And I commend you, somewhat belatedly, for your efforts.
Reading through the feedback you've received, I'm genuinely heartened by the positive responses to your work and to this sad, and all too common, plight. Unfortunately, I have read way too many responses from Americans who feel quite differently about the Latino immigrant experience.
I am a Latina freelance opinion columnist and write periodically about the immigration experience. In my writings, I try to humanize the situation as you have done but the amount of hate mail I receive is startling and scary.
I am constantly being lectured that I am endorsing law breakers. For these people, there is only black and white. You would think these responses would be from uneducated ignorants, but some are from very well educated ignorants.
I think what has surprised me even more are the scoldings I get from some American-born Latin os who are insulted to think that I would speak for them.
It may be a sign that we, as a community, are evolving to better fit in this culture while distancing ourselves from acknowledging the history of how most of us arrived.
I think it's through your efforts and other Latino writers/ filmmakers who stress the inhumanity of the situation that people will eventually realize that not all laws are just and that the desire to work for a better life is far nobler than building higher walls.
I would like to first thank PBS and crew for their wonderful presentation of Beyond the Border. I just watched it last night and it gave such a clear understanding of what the mexican/Central Americans go through coming here. It demenstrated the suffering and determination of the yearning of these people wanting to have a better life. I am a born US citizen, but my family came to the states +30 years ago from Guatemala. THey as many others wanted a better life and has ten times over given back to the community. People in general need to stop and think about those who come from other countries wanting to live, wanting to survive, wanting to eat. The immigrants are those who make this country and the world. They do the jobs no one wants and get very little pay for it. We must stop prosecuting the innocent, those who want to live and start prosecuting the criminals who come here to hurt this country.
Thanks to PBS for the wonderfull work that is presented to us trought its Network programming. This film: "Mas alla de las Fronteras /Beyond the Border" brough tears to my hart. This was a very touching film to me and my family. I strongly identify with the Ayala Brothers'story: For once, I am a Mexican immigrant from the same region as the Ayalas. I left My hometown of Zamora Michoacan (about 2 driving hours from the Film shots of the National Park shown in the Video). The wonderfull work presented on the film show us the reality we immigrants face: The chalenge and risks we take by searching for a brighter future for us and our families. It is so touching to see reality before your own eyes. I wish every American could see this wonderfull documentary film; this could change the perspective Americans have for emigrants, particularly for us: "Mexicanos". The Ayalas ordeals are just my reflection as well as the reflections of most Mexicans who cross the border each day to work in thi s Country. I wish Americans could sence who we are: As with Gonzalo (the second oldest from the Ayala Brothers)we are sharp and inteligent people too; we are capable of overcoming language and cultural obstacles. We Mexicans incorporate ourselves into a new society on the hard way: we are forced to adapt to a new stile of life on a land strage from our own. We we are people who are humble and tolerant enough to surrend our own freedom and dreams in exchange for our families well being. We tolerate desrimination and humiliation by all of those who uses us to promote their own interest, call it financial, political or ignorant drive; the result is the same: we get a derrogative tag and learn to live with it. We get blamed by polititians and Civilians for the probles this Country is facing. If they could only express reality: as said so many times, in this country we do the jobs that not one else wants to do. We get abused by our bosses. On the fiels, we grow the land and pick up the ve getables and fruits that every day Americans enjoy at their tables. On the industries we perform the lowest blue collar jobs Americans refuse to do. We are the ones who quietly wash the dishes and make sure the food is right at the table on the pleasure times when Americans dine out. We are the ones who make American's nights comfortable when they travel, by kipping the hotels rooms clean and neet. We are the ones who make Americans feel comfortable when they get home after work, by beeng the house cleaners and the baby sitters. We are the silent Ghosts who gives America comfort, and we do it without complaining about it. We do it becouse no one else wants to do it!!.
Thank you for airing this wonderfull film. I watched with my mother who is visiting me from Mexico. She speaks not english at all, and even though Spanish is my first language I have tought my self to assimilate better in english specially if I am watching an english programing. The production of the film maid it poss ible for both of us, my mother and I to enjoyed this wonderfull work. Sincerly hopping you show it again. Not only I will recomend it to people who I know, but I will be looking fowards to watch it again. Thank you again. Sincerly yours
A simple Mexican Immigrant
Chris Strickfaden email@example.com
I just saw it last night and was moved by the simple desperation of these people. We take for granted so many things in this country and I am emabarrassed by some in our community that think that illegal immigrants take jobs away from Americans...the fact of the matter is that they do the jobs we won't do....There is a lot that we can learn from them...
Well I think that Mexicans should cross borders because all they want is better lives and better education for their children and adults.
After seeing this documentary, I have a new opinion of Mexicans. They come here for a better life, because they cannot make ends meet in Mexico. Maybe if Vicente Fox would do something about the countrys economy, then we wouldnt have so many illegal mexicans taking over american states.
This story had me glued to the set. I haven't finished thinking through it all; so, I don't have much to say here. But am I the only viewer who felt both pride and humility?
Eren Isabel McGinnis
Hola to Roberto Alvarez:
The music at the beginning of Beyond the Border is by Lila Downs, www.liladowns.com.
She is performing in San Diego on Saturday, September 28, at 7:30, during the Adams Avenue Street Fair. This event it free and Lila Downs is fabulous. For more info: www.GoThere.com/AdamsAve
Un saludo cordial.
As a high school Spanish teacher in Kentucky, I found myself extremely moved by tonight's showing of this powerful documentary. It will become required viewing for my students, as it portrays the real difficulties and challenges that immigrants face. I want them to see the issue as the multi-faceted struggle that it is, instead of the limited "knee-jerk" reaction that media usually portrays with respects to immigration issues.
Thanks so much to the producers for such an excellent experience.
Hector R. Munoz
I just wanted to commend you on your fine documentary profiling the Ayala brothers. Once again PBS has shown us that there is an alternative to the type of programming offered by the big networks. In this day of "reality shows" that don't resemble reality at all, it's refreshing to see people on T.V. that aren't narcissistic. I can only hope other people take notice and appreciate what you good people are doing.
Keep up the good work!
I fail to see how the departure of the sons of the Ayala family for the propagandized temptations of the "good Life" in Kentucky can be considered courageous or even meaningful. Instead of deserting their family and Mexican roots, it would have been far more courageous had the brothers remained in their local surroundings and fought for increased wages or at least minimum wage legislation to help curb the oppression of workers in Mexico.
I loved your movie, by chance and during a commercial for the emmies I caught a glimpse of it and never went back to the grammys. It made me understand my father more and the sacrificies he and my mother went thru when they left mexico and brought us here. It was easy for us, we had our family here, they didn't. great job! It was a true representation of the average mexican who migrates to the usa...The music was haunting! can u please tell me who sings the first song in the documetnary? thanks
Hi, my name is Heriberto castillo and I live in Brownsville, Tx. I have seen the documentary "Mas All de la Frontera" a couple of times and I have to say that I feel proud to see my people come to this land to work and provide to the US a taste of our culture and loyalty. I would like for one of the filmmakers to email me because I would like to get them into contact with a person who has done research and films about "Yomachtia" an Aztect martial Arts and I think this wiil be a great documentary for pbs.
As an mexican inmigrant(been on this country for 12 years) i felt so proud. First,of my country and second to find good people(like the brothers)that are good role models for those who had a better chance in life!!this family really shows the secrificio tha many of our people do for a better vida..and i feel that now more people notice the hard working people that most of us are(bad apples in any ethnicity)estoy bien contento to know that there is people up there that are trying to make a difference!!God will bless us all and to me is about time to know that the only race on earth is ...THE HUMAN RACE...
I am married to a man from Tantoyuca Veracruz. We fell in love while we both worked at a horse farm in Texas. We have been married 8 years. Your documentary captured the feelings and truths I have seen and heard over and over in my involvement with my in-laws, the grandparents to my daughter. You should be very proud of your documentary. It is true and clean, without peonizing or villanizing anyone. It made me weep in recognition of stories I know by heart. Now I just have to figure out how to buy myself a copy of it!
bueno el reportaje fue tan comovedor que me hizo derramar lagrimas gracias por demostrar por lo que muchos pasan al tratar de conseguir una vida mejor y poder madar dinero a sus familias saben me gustaria que me ayudaran para poder contactarlos pues me gustaria conocerlos a todos ellos y a sus familias pues son un orgullo hispano por lograr lo que an logrado.
documentaries like this show how hard thigs are for Mexicans and others and i hope that Americans try to be more tolerant to this hard working people.
Como hijo de immigrantes me conmovio ver esta historia y me conmovio tanto que hazta me hizo llorar de pensar que yo pude haber estado en la misma o peor situacion que los hermanos Ayala. Tengo 26 años y la verdad he corrido con mejor suerte ya que mis padres me trajieron a una temprana edad y pude asistir a la escula. Yo soy el mas chico de mi familia y el primero en haberme graduado de la universidad. Es una trizte realidad ver como hay que sufrir en este gran pais, lejos de sus familias, para poder adquirir una vida tantito mejor de la tienen en sus publos natales. Le extiendo mis grandes agradecimientos a PBS por mostrar esta historia tan real y por hacernos sentir humanos al transmitir esa lucha por medio de la television. Y animo a todos los que luchamos de a diario por permanecer vivos, a pesar de lo que sufrimos en silencio. Gracias.
As a son of immigrants I was really touched and moved to tears when I saw this story and think that I could have been in the same or worse situation as the Ayala brothers. I am 26 years old and the truth is I have had better luck since my parents brought me over while I was still very young and was able to go to school. I am the youngest in my family and the first to have graduated University. It is a sad reality to see how one has to suffer in this great country. I want to extend my biggest thanks and appreciation to PBS for showing this very real story and in making us feel human by being able to see this on-going struggle broadcast on television. Courage and strength to all of those who fight daily to stay alive in spite of all that we have to suffer in silence. Thank you.
Quiero darles las gracias por haber hecho esta historia. Pues muestra la realidad y nos hizo reflecccionar mucho y ojala y sigan haciendo mas . Y si por favor me pudieran decir cuando lo van a volver a pasar pues me gustaria mucho volver a verlo. de antemano les agradesco por tomar tiempo para leer este comentario .
Raquela Mejia firstname.lastname@example.org
What a Story I felt a Special bonding with this family, I hope that you can feature more stories like this one for all our Latinos in this country, that we may learn more about what our people go through to make it in this country. By the way if any of the brothers would like to live on our 5 acre ranch we could use a good horse person we only have four and I use to represent latin artist in the music business.
Brenda Villarreal email@example.com
I it may be will over a month since the airing of the video...but too this day I still remember it like it was yesterday. Being a preservice Chicana teacher from Iowa...this video made me cry and I found such an interest in the story that I have requested to purchase the video for my future students. I am a second generation Mexican-American. My grandparents came to the States for a better life for their children. They made their living as migrant workers and I have also experience that period with my grandparents. The struggles that the brothers went and will encounter to go through had such a deep connection with myself. I know many immigrants and some close friends that have had this experience. I just want to say Thank You for airing such a heart felt and deep connection story.
*Culture is Pride, Pride is Success* Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc.
Mayra Raya Alfaro Evilbl@hotmail.com
Thank you so much for this documentary, Marcelo's story has touched my heart very profoundly, I know how much he has sufferd here as well as in Mexico. As an immigrant myself I have struggled greatly to try to find my own identity. I came to this country 12 years ago at the age of 14 not by concious choise but by the need to flee hunger and poverty, I simpathise with the Ayala brothers because I too strugled gratly to cross the border, enduring the most inhumane conditions, that will forever scar my spirit. I have rescently legalized my migratory status, but I always felt that there was something missing and trough this program I finally found it, thank you PBS for giving me a voice through Marcelo's story, the inoscence and nobleness that was reflected in his eyes is what has escape me through the years dues to the harsh reality of the anty-migratory society, we do not come here to do evil, we are hard workers driven by need, the need of a better life, we have suffered long and cryed endlessly, we eagerly work hard so that we can soon go back home. Thank you Marcelo, Buena Suerte!
I would like to find out how to proceed to send donations to Marcelo if it possible, please. Thank you so much.
Isabel Vargas firstname.lastname@example.org
Iam very happy of finding this documentary, which helped me on my research project on "mexican Immigration, for my U.S. history class. I'am too daughter of a mexican woman who wanted a better life for her children;due to aspiration of a better future her only hope was to go to "el norte". As I'am almost a graduate from high school, I thank my mother for bringing me to this wonderful country where I can succed. GOD bless all of you and your love ones her in the US and in Mexico.
As a child of Mexican immigrants from San Lucas, Michocuan and a ranch near Altamirano, Guererro, I was very touched by your documentry. Like the Ayala's, my family crossed the border in search of opportunity. My father died here very young, but this country helped my mother put us through high school, college, university, and today, I attend graduate school. There is no dought, that this is the land of opportunity. Since I was young, I heard stories from my uncles about the journey to "el Norte" as they say over there. My uncles talked about how people were drowned by the "remolinos" and were ran over jumping on the trains. The migrating journey to the US is definetly something that many don't understand. For example, sometimes people ask why Mexicans are so devoted to their country and if they like it so much why they don't stay there. My answer to them is that they do not come for pleasure but rather because of necessity and I feel that your film potrayed just that. Your film put in to vision what I try to explain to my friends about the struggles of Mexican workers who come here for a better life. Thanks for the journey and revisitation of memories of my families land. I havn't been back in over 8 years, but my experience is something that I will never forget.
Many years ago I traveled to Michocuan Mexico. It was a very beautiful mountianous area where trees were plentiful. I purchased a guitar in a town called Paracho where the entire town practiced the art of handcrafting guitars. It was an unforgetable experience, and I traveled many miles with that guitar and it had a very special meaning to me. I was only 17 at the time, about as old as some of the brothers were when they journeyed to the U.S.
Watching your broadcast brought back some memories of that journey, and the beautiful, gentle people of Mexico that were so kind to me on that journey so many years ago.
Back in the U.S.A the music stores told me that Mexican handcrafted guitars had no special value and so I wondered how Paracho would survive in the global economy.
If the brothers featured in the article would like to communicate with me I would appreciate it. I have been back to vacation in Mexico a few times recently, but have not had the pleasure of returning to Michocuan. I will always feel a special bond with the people of Mexico.
This was a great documentary. I might be interested in sending a small donation to the brothers. Would that offend them? If not, how would I proceed?
Leslie Hanich email@example.com
This was an excellent show. My husband and I do volunteer religious work in the Hispanic community in the Bluegrass Area that has helped us to appreciate their culture and the depth of feeling they have for their families. I only hope that many English speaking citizens here saw the show and can come to understand the Spanish speaking community better. They contribute so much, need to be recognized for it and receive the benefits of all their hard work. Thanks for an excellent presentation.