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Published on Jul 18, 2008
Coming to America: Putting a Face on Immigration in America is a short film briefly profiling the lives of three local immigrant youth who came to the United States in an attempt to build a better life. All three youth are part of the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan Unaccompanied Refugee Youth Program. The aim of the film is to put a face to the immigration issue in our country. The immigration issue is an economic and human rights issue. The problem is that it is being made to be a political issue. Media pundits debate the political problems of immigration all over the airwaves but don't tell the real stories of people who have had to leave everything behind and have had to flee horrific abuse and suffering for an opportunity at a better life. The media ignores the human rights issues surrounding immigration. We hope the stories of these three courageous youth, who have been through unimaginable horrors, can inspire us all to appreciate what we have and to look at immigration in a different way. We hope this film can be used as an advocacy tool for legislators, non-profit organizations working with immigrants and refugees, and for teachers to use in the classroom.