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I think that it is good that we have immigration because it is good diversity. 2/16/07
I enjoyed this movie and the website. I think that it helps people realize how difficult is was for immigrants to get money for there family. I think they should make more movies like this. 2/16/07
This website id great. I learned a lot from it and it opened my eyes to new things. 11/6/06
if it wasnt for our people to come to america yall wouldnt have nothing!!!!!!!!!us hispardanic people arnt racists!we leave is tromexico and cross the border just to come to america to live a better life some even die just to try to come to america!!!!we need to feed our famalies because in mexico i worked when i was 9 years old.my mom came through all this trouble to come to america just so yall can kik us out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!think about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i learned a lot from this website, and i read a lot of sad stories and depressing facts, so what makes this country so special? why do people risk their lives to come here?
I was surprided to find out about how hard life is for immigrants. I think they should be treated fairly and equally, like everyone else.
I was very surprised at how badly immigrants are treated in their work. They should be treated like everyone else here. Afterall, we are all not very different from eachother.
The immigration laws here in the U.S. are becoming stricter everyday. I've gone to Mexico, once. I don't think that people here understand the living conditions over there. They don't understand the struggles people face each day, trying to survive in their country. The only way in my mind for someone to understand this situation, is to live through it, to place themselves in the shoes of an immigrant. Eat what they(immigrants) eat, face the daily problems that an immigrant faces, back home, only then would Americans understand better. There are many innocent immigrants here that all they want to do is work, so they can send money back home to their families. What's wrong with that???
I think that these days, Americans take for granted all that they have. Immigrants come to the United States everyday legally and illegally to try and find a better life. Americans take for granted what is given to them everyday. If they are unhappy at their job, they can speak up to their boss and not be threatened to be sent back to somewhere where they can`t do a job that they enjoy or are good at. I feel that it is not fair the way that some immigrants have been treated. And that it is important for people to know the struggles that immigrants go through to make a good life for themselves.
Why is it so hard for immigrants to come to America legally? What is the process which they must go through in order to become a legal citizen?
Is the US doing anything to make it more fair for working immigrants?
I do not think that we should establish english as our official language. The spanish speaking population is steadily increasing, and we need to take that into consideration
This was a very informative film and website. I find it very interesting to know that the film was true and showed the hardships of people coming into America. After viewing the films, I felt a little shocked of all of the events and saddened that tough situations occur too frequently.
What new laws are being created to provide better working conditions for immigrants?
This entire site was really informative, I really learned a lot that I never knew about immigration. The most suprising fact I learned was that immigration to the US was less than 2%. I found that amazing becuase the government and the public are always making such a big deal out of immigration (illegal or not) and from what I've only heard, I expected the percentage to be a lot higher.
If it is so hard for imagrants to come to the United States and stay here illegally, why don't they come leagally?
I think this movie was very enlightening. It's important that people understand these issues are still present today in the U.S. and that although we may not witness it daily, it is still an ongoing problem.
I think it is interesting how the "issue" of immigration in the US has been brought up now as such a big deal in Congress etc., where in actuality it's really not that big of an issue at all. Considering that under 2% of the worlds immigrates actually immigrate to the United States, I find it interesting that that under 2% of people is being looked at so carefully, especially in recent months. I honestly have no idea what should be done about the immigration "issue" in the United States. I think that it is wrong for unregistered immigrants to take US citizen's jobs, but I also think that everyone should have the right to work and support themselves and their families no matter where they live.
This site is very informative about the issues concerning immigration, which are especially imporant during the current debate in congress.
Is it any eaiser to immigrate to the United States now than it was in the 20th century?
I was very surprised to learn that immigrants were being treated so unfairly. It was truly moving to see in "Bricks" the immigrants fighting for work. Thank you for the enlightment.
This film was very inspiring. I think that most people don't know much about immigration and that it is important to be understanding of different cultures and what many immigrants go through today is very similar to what many people's European ancestors experienced. I hope the knowledge I learned from this film spreads throughout the world. Also, Mr. Riker, what do you think can be done to stop corporations from threatening deportation when workers demand better treatment?
This site is amazing, there are so many interesting facts! I especially liked the myth or reality part, it was very insiteful. I still don't understnad why illegal immigrants don't apply for citizenship, is it the cost?
The information on this site is very enlightening, especially the numerous myths and realities that you comment on. Ive learned a lot.
Wow, some of those facts and myth/realities were very surprising. I never would have thought that the majority of undocumented workers did not come across the southern border. I hope that the truth will spread around and that people will really be informed and aware.
I give a lot of props to David Riker to make a documentary of this type. Number one the struggle of not being a from the US and not of Latin American heritage. My heart goes out to the people who had to go through this.
How has this film affected the unjust immigration situations we are faced with, and how do you think it has helped illegal immigrants in the U.S?
Did any of the women from the cast of the movie go through the abuse and cruelties from the article "Women and Immigration"?
I felt as if this movie really opened my eyes and others to the problems that have been happening to immigrants. This shows how great of a movie this was.
This is a great website. I learned a lot.
My question adresses the problem of immigration in the United States. Why is immigration in the U.S. so awful if our population today is only less than 2 percent?
Is there a way to make undocumented immigrants fully documented and safe to live and work in the United States?
It's terrible on how immiogrants are treated when entering the US even if they enter legally. besides INS Is there a way or program that helps place immigrants in a stable society and job?
Is there a reason aside from lack of volunteers to teach immigrants to learn how to get a valid job?
Of the people who immigrate to the US, what percent of them live the rest of their lives here and what percent of their families join them to start a new life here?
when there are so many issues concerning the lifestyles of immigrants in the united states, how did you limit the amount of issues addressed in the film to four?
I think that learning about another language and culture is important. However, I do not feel that it has to be Spanish. Why not learn Hebrew and Jewish culture?
This movie was very powerful and realistic. It got a very important message across and was beautifully done without being touched by the effects of Hollywood. Thank you for making this movie, I'm sure it changed many lives.
Immigration is a major problem in the U.S. People are saying that illegal immigration isn't a crime but if it has the word "illegal" in it, then it is a crime. Of course our ancestors were immigrants but this was before a code of laws and quotas were establshed. There isn't a comparison. As for legal immigrants, it is very sad what they have to go through because they are deserving of benefits and not the people who break te law to get here.
If we experenced more spanish during the day we would all be better at it, and our understandng of diffrent cultures would influence many parts of our life for the better. It would have no negetive aspects.
I think that it is very sad reading about what these people have to go through to migrate to America. This website was a good because it was very informativie.
I think it is really sad what these people has to go through. honestly i dont believe we should have an offical language. i mean i know that english is the most well-known and its what most people speak, but its not what everyone speaks. most countries that have an offical language everyone speaks thats lauguage, the us is a melting pot for many different lanuages, so we should all learn a little about eachothers language and be able to use them all. this movie was very upsetting to think that people go through this everyday. it just kills to think of how i got through in one day, it is nothing like what these people went/go through... it makes me blessed for what i have and everything that i have been giving.... everyone should learn from this.
I though that the movie was good. it shows people what they have to put up with just so that they can have what they think is a better life.
Bronx, New York
Dear Mr. Riker:
Congratulations! for the mastery you accomplished in the realization of the film "La ciudad". It is an incredible portrait of the unfair and cruel reality that so many of my bothers and sisters from Latin America have to face when they desperately try to make in this so called "The Land of equal opportunity for all". I am a Spanish teacher at a High School in the Bronx and, every year I show your film to my students in an attempt to make them aware of the injustices that are going on right in thier neighborhoods. One day I would love to invite you to our school to meet with my students and share wiht them your experience as a producer and director.
With profound appreciation for this wonderful gift.
Thanks for the website. I was able to understand the issue better than before. I still am unsure about what happens if you are an immigrant who gets married to a citizen, gets you green card, and then later gets divorced? Thanks again- the stories really touched me.
One of the last true movies that gives insight to the turmoil that everyday working people from different countries must face and endure... Truly, this must be as great as "The Eye of the Storm" in which it tells the way life really is...
Grad Student, CSU, Sacramento
Hola, mi nombre es Ivonne Flores, estudiante de la Universidad de Chicago en Illinois. Me gusto mucho esta pelicula "La Ciudad." Una pelicula que da un mensaje, y demuestra las vidas de los imigrantes que vienen a Estados Unidos, para encontrar una vida mejor. Yo escribi esta composicion y solo lo puse aqui para compartirlo con todos ustedes. Un ensayo que habla sobre mi y de donde vengo, y mi sue�o de seguir adelante, y tener ese orgullo de ser Latina.
�Que ondas!� That is my phrase to say hello. A phrase I use with the people I hang around with. These people are Latinos, especially Mexicanos. �Que ondas Ixtla!� Ixtla is my nick. A nick I used to represent myself. A nahualt name, to show where I came from, my culture, my faith, my pride.
�Que ondas, I am Ixtla!� A woman who is proud of who she is. A woman that came from a Mexican family, who struggle, to get to this country. Who worked really hard with sweat dripping down their foreheads and coming home exhausted but with dignity. A place they never wish to step in the first place, but the anxiety of searching for a better life, brought them here. With nothing in their hands just faith in their hearts.
�Que ondas Ixtla, ready for college?� �Yes, I am ready for college.� A step farther to my success, too my dream of becoming a doctor. A gift that I am giving to my parents for their struggling, for giving me a place to sleep and food to eat. A simple gift, just to make my parent be proud of me.
The government has no right to restrict immigration, since immigration violates nobody's rights.
Hello, I viewed the movie, La Ciudad, and what a poignant and well produced movie! And the everything about it including the quality of actors and actresses, camera angles, use of silence and stillness to express relevance, etc., was truly outstanding.
Thank you so much for this beautiful and very real movie. It tugged at my heart strings. You made a great movie mr. Riker. I am 2nd generation Mex-Amer. Already I've forgotten what it means to be a new immigrant. I could have been one of the characters in the movie. I've been extremely lucky. However, I am humbled by having watched the lives the characters lived. And pray for all those immigrants like Anna and little Dulce.
I am proud to come from a family of immigrants. I am 2nd generation Puerto Rican. Both my parents immigrated to Chicago in the 5o's. My mother came in the dead of winter not prepared for a Chicago blizzard; sandles and a cotton summer dress. She, my 2 aunts, and my grandparents were brought over her eldest brother. He worked as a migrant farmworker throughout the Southeast for years, sending money to Puerto Rico. My father was brought over by his eldest brother when he was 12. He had been orphaned 3 years before, and walked from one town to another, Yauco to Ponce, to escape an abusive granparent. They worked in factories, lived in tenements, and faced all kinds of abuse and opposition. They suffered so that I wouldn't have to. My achivements are your successes Gracias, Mami y Papi
My family was Half Hispanic [Puerto Rico]. The Halls It was on my daddy sides. His great grandmothers mom was. They would have dances and would have a great time. I LOVE PUERTO RICO.My dads great grandmothers name was Vetherollia Maudoulla Hall.She was name after her momed name Vetherollia Maudue Sellabuolliae Hall.
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
I first would like to congratulate the film-maker on an incredible job of telling the truth about the various experiences of many immigrants. This story is not just about people from Spanish speaking backgrounds, it is about all of those who come to Canada and the U.S.
My mother emigrated to England before coming to Canada in the late 50's. and she too went through the same hurdles. Moreso here in Canada. Fortunately, because she was able to enter a good profession as a nurse, she was able to obtain a good job. For those who have to fight continually just to exist in these two countries, it is hard. You may be wondering what does this daughter of an immigrant know? Believe you me, even though I am a woman of colour, I am considered as a non Canadian. Luckily, I know who I am and where I am going. For those newcomers to Canada and the U.S. I say welcome, be prepared to face the constant discrimination and hatred as well as those who are willing to help and assist in any way. I hope this movie has opened the eyes of those who find themselves among the priviledged few. Again, great movie, keep telling the truth and one day the mountain, by faith will move. peace out.cf
My parents came to this country in 1953. They were originally from Poland, but were living in France when they were turned in to the Germans and sent to concentration camps. The Germans took everything my parents had including their siblings and their parents. Being Jewish was their only crime. When they returned to France after World War II, they had to start again with very little. My brother was born in Paris. When he was five they moved to the U.S. Family photo albums show my brother wearing a Daniel Boone hat when he arrived. In France my mother had a maid who took care of my brother and the house. When my parents arrived in the USA, my mother worked in a factory doing piecework, much like the woman in the Seamstress episode. My parents gave things up to come to America, the land of opportunity. I was born here - the first American in my family. My parents have done well. After working so hard for others, they finally started their own business and have provided a comfortable life for their children.
I am happy to be a daughter of immigrants. I grew up different than most of my friends. My brown bag lunch did not include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, like my schoolmates' lunch boxes did, but still I felt special and exotic some of the time. Eventually, probably after my teenage years, I grew up and stopped being embarassed by my parent's accents. They were and are wonderful, loving parents who worked very hard to provide things that they never had. I admire all that they stand for and how they have survived and thrived. I cherish the rich heritage of my foriegn family. Whether America is a melting pot or stew, I am grateful to live in a place where there are so many different cultures to learn about and benefit from.
I just want to congratulate you "PBS" and thank you for showing the movie "The City". This is the only movie that shows the real truth about immigrants coming to America and especially Mexicans and the only movie that shows how illegal people struggle to survive in America and how they are treated at the place they work at. Five years ago i came to USA illegally and although i'm still illegal, i know that if a person really wants improve his live, this is the country to do it. I came here five years ago and i've been through a lot of bad experiences working in different places for the minimum salary. Even today, after finishing high school and now going to college, I am still working in a factory for the minimum salary because no one else would hire me and pay me more and all because i don't have a green card. I know it's very hard for me to work and study and the same time but I also know that i have to it for my children because i don't want my children to live their lives the way I'm living mine.
Mary Batson Shero
On my mother's side is Scots, who came to America during the time of the Clearances. Thankfully my family never stopped singing the songs of the old country, and I still have those songs. My mother's father's family is from the north of Italy, and their name was Este. My father's dad's family were Irish/English immigrants, and they farmed in the red dirt of Tennessee. My father's mom's family came from Southeastern Bavaria, and were bootmakers in the Sierra mountains in California during the gold rush. I think of my ancestors every single day, even the ones whose names I will never know. They went through a lot, and because of them I am right here, right now, and I love them for that.
My parents were born and raised and married in Canada. Their parents came from England. I was the first one in my family born in the USA. My father didn't register me with the Canadian Consul so I would remain an American citizen. I grew up in MI and had trouble thinking of Canada as a foreign country as all my relatives spoke English. My brothers were born dead in Canada and my mother died when I was nineteen days old. I was raised by my father and a stepmother whose family had been in America for six generations or so. I hope we keep English language as our only language. I fear the same problem that Canada has if we use Spanish too.
San Francisco, CA
Parts of my family came to U.S. before it was a country. On my father's side, my ancestors escaped persecution from Catholics in France. On my mother's side we descend from the brother of Sir Frances Drake, the famous explorer. Even though it was a long time ago, I think about how brave they must have been to board a transatlantic ship facing an uncertain future. They were welcomed to this country as farmers, and it seems unfair that people coming to the U.S. today face such prejudice when their personal circumstances aren't that different from those of my ancestors - it's the political and social climate in this country that have changed for the worse.