The Immigration Interview Project began in early 2010, in Pittsburgh, PA when a committee of women religious from ten different Congregations, were discussing ways to help other people understand the pain experienced by many of the new immigrants arriving in the U.S. every day. These women wanted a way to touch the hearts of people so they decided to invite recent immigrants to share their stories with the larger community. This effort to put human faces on real people resulted in the production of a 30- minute video document entitled “We Are All Immigrants.” The film had its premiere on April 25, 2012 at the history center in Pittsburgh where it received outstanding reviews from the 350 people in attendance. 

Since that day over 600 copies of the DVD have been distributed to churches, schools, and individuals who hope to use the film and its discussion guide in future dialogues on immigration reform. It is hoped that audiences will grow in understanding and compassion as they listen to the struggles and hopes of the immigrants. How this will translate into positive action is yet to be seen. The details of immigration reform are still to be determined by our legislators. However, much can be done to bring about changes that will reflect the values of the past and provide opportunities for all peoples seeking a better life for themselves and their children.

(DVD’s are available by contacting Sister Barbara Maynard at  bjmaynard55@gmail.com)

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