Category Archives: Landed In

Maria and Juan

Maria and Juan are two people who work for a local nursery. “We do it all: weeding, picking, making flower bouquets,” she said. They have worked for the same farm for twenty years now. She explained, “If you work here you pay less rent. Other people in town pay a lot more for houses that are in really bad condition.” ... Read More »

Undocumented Undergraduate

In this season of my life, I am a freshmen undergraduate student at a university in California. Like the typical undergraduate, I live in a dorm room and often stay up ungodly hours of the night typing away term papers like the rest of them. At my university, I am just your average nineteen-year-old, freshmen girl fulfilling her educational requirements. ... Read More »

Patricia Diaz

  Patricia shares the immigration story of her parents and talks about the values her father stressed.  She is Executive Director of SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network). Read More »

Roberto Munoz – Pt. 2

  English transcription of video: My friends started saying, you know what Roberto; we’re going to find you work. I said, okay that’s what I want. Because in my pocket I only had about 100 Mexican pesos, that was absolutely nothing here. So one of them says, you know what Roberto; I’m going to take you to the second-hand store ... Read More »

Roberto Munoz – Pt. 1

  English transcription of video: Hi my name is Roberto Muñoz. I’ve been in the state of California since 1980. The reason why I came to this country was because in my town – I come from a town in the state of Guanajuato – and I used to see that a lot of people from the United States would ... Read More »

José

    English transcription of video: My name is Jose DeRenteria and my story begins like this. My father was a farmworker; at the time it was called Bracero. When he returned to Mexico after being here as a Bracero, we were a lot of family; lots of brothers and sisters. He was living in Mexico City with my mother ... Read More »

Paola

  English transcription of video: Hi my name is Paola Perez. I come from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Prior to coming here, I lived in Oaxaca City for 5 years with my husband. The reason I made to decision to come to this country was because we had housing needs. We lived in a very small room and we ... Read More »

The Time of His Life

My father was born, in 1895, in what is now Ukraine. When he was 13, in 1908, he was apprenticed as a tailor. In about 1914 he immigrated. He traveled by horse and carriage, other surface transportation, boat and train to Chicago. On the boat, for the first time in his life, he was without adult supervision. He had the ... Read More »

Sandra

    English transcription of video: Hi my name is Sandra. I arrived in Tijuana. In Tijuana, my uncle’s sister-in-law picked us up. We only tried it one time, and on the first try we came. We arrived in Phoenix, and from there we went to Los Angeles. My other uncle, brother of my mom as well, picked us up ... Read More »

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