Vegetarian Express — two locations in Chicago — is run and owned by the Diaz Family. Everyone in the familia, aside from Miguel’s wife Krystina and their two kids, is a Mexican immigrant. Some family members are documented, some are not, but they all work hard for their American Dream. What is their future during the Trump regime?
[Directed, edited, and shot by Zoe Murphy.]
His father wanted him to stay in Michoacan, work on the family farm, and do construction, but Raul Morales crossed over from Mexico at 17 to pursue his culinary dreams. Now, at 44, he’s his own boss, and a master of tacos al pastor. “Chef Al Pastor” was interviewed at his Los Angeles restaurant Taqueria Vista Hermosa.
Testimonios tells the stories of undocumented immigrants and the “American Dream” — soulful rock en español from Lalo Cura. No one is illegal.
Lalo Cura is Sonny Carreño on drums, Adam Carter on guitar and backup vocals, Rafael Chávez y Moreno on guitar and vocals, Adam Hartung on bass and Sam Que on sax and backup vocals. Video by Sophia Vergara. Music and lyrics by Rafael Chávez y Moreno.
Dangling from ropes on the sides of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers, a crew of immigrant Mexican window washers faces death every working day. That’s why they embrace life. They’re both Paradise (Paraíso.) [Spanish with English subtitles.]
Bend the Arc, a Jewish social justice organization, just introduced an online legal widget that applies immigration laws to your family’s history. Answer some questions and the Entry Denied widget determines if your immigrant ancestors would be allowed into the U.S. today.
And guess what:
Millions of Americans have grown up with a defining family immigration story. But while our families may have endured hardship coming to America, the simple fact is that most of our immigration stories would not be possible at all under today’s immigration laws.
I told them six years and braced myself for the onslaught of “WHY AREN’T YOU MARRIED! HE NEEDS TO GIVE YOU A RING! BLABLABLABLA” and so on and so forth.
As a woman who consciously chooses not to get married, I’m constantly dealing with this sort of thing. People just don’t understand why.
Is my boyfriend a commitment-phobe? Are we swingers? Are we not serious? Never are we thought of as a happy stable couple content to just enjoy each other’s company.
No, something must be wrong with us.
Haunting melodies, modern harmonies, righteous lyrics:
We came across the desert, we came across the sea; don’t forget that your abuelos were once immigrants like me.
IMMI wants you to know Immigrants are just regular peeps. IMMI is on Twitter.
Roberto’s Dreams comes straight from today’s headlines. Roberto has been laid off, Angelica cleans houses to make ends meet and 10-year-old daughter Brittany struggles to reconcile her Latino roots and her American education. Roberto opts for the American Dream of being his own jefe and decides to start his own business: The first Latino green cleaning business in North Carolina.
There’s terrible trouble in the hood when a shiny new taco cart opens up just across the way from the funky old place. What to do? Taco! Taco! Taco! was the 2009 winner of the HBO/New York International Latino Film Festival Short Film Competition. From John Estrada.