Posted by Guest on June 15, 2017 in Blog

By Razan Elbaba

My professor from my video production class at the School for Visual Arts asked us to film a video of our choice for our final project. After an extensive brainstorming session, I landed on the idea of telling the immigration story of my parents. The recent presidential election and subsequent Muslim travel ban encouraged me to delve into the harsh reality immigrants face coming to the United States.

After interviewing my parents about the specific details of their journey to the United States over 30 years ago I had a new-found appreciation for my parents and all immigrants. From a small town in Lebanon to undergraduate studies in Louisiana to graduate studies in Missouri to a career in Washington, DC and New York City, my parents traveled thousands of miles to give me and my siblings a better life. What’s more American than that?

With the current political climate, we must remember that immigrants are incredible assets to our nation’s growth and diversity. We are a nation built on the backs of immigrants, and a nation greater than fear and bigotry. We shall remain resilient in the face of hate.


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