Welcome to Immigrant Experiences: Building Global Citizenship!
TransformationCentral.org honors and supports the brave immigrants who have come to the United States, today and since the colonization of this country.
For most of us immigrants, the desire to move and to leave behind our birthplaces was unimaginable until we were confronted with economic or political injustice. US foreign policy has often been to blame for our dislocation because it serves corporate interests, protecting oppressive dictators and corrupting, imprisoning or eliminating the true leaders of our peoples. If the US government stood for true democracy here and abroad, the desire to leave our birthplaces would have been minimal. We invite you to send us stories about why you and your families came to this country.
We at TransformationCentral.org support global citizenship. When capital can move freely across borders in search of the lowest wages or most lax environmental laws, leaving unemployment and devastation in its wake, we the worlds’ peoples should also be able to move in order to survive and thrive. Instead, we are denied our rights, hunted down, and deported. We invite you to share your stories of organizing to defend your rights and make this country live up to its ideals of democracy, freedom and equality.
Immigration News and Experiences:
September 20, 2007
" Beneath the caption was a statement declaring that the alleged threat to African Americans comes from documented and undocumented immigrants."
July 30, 2007
"If this and other local laws were upheld, anyone who looks or sounds foreign would be forced to prove his or her immigration status at every step and America would have a patchwork of hundreds or thousands of different immigration policies."
July 20, 2007
"This is a story about finding my voice as an immigrant writer. To write this story, I have to expose my problems with writing. Of course, this is hard because we are not taught to admit our weakness. But when our inner voice wants to write, we have no choice, but to embrace the embarrassment as part of our journey."
July 20, 2007
" This is the story of immigration. This is the story of America.. I wish I had taken the time to pick up the phone. And I wish our leaders had taken the time to lead." Read more from "Speaking the Right Language about People Who Don't Speak our Language: The Rise and Fall of Immigration Reform" by Drew Westen
June 25, 2007
"As someone who had lived in a country where we eat on one big plate with our fingers, I was stunned by the volume of dishes and utensils that kept getting delivered to me. I couldn’t understand it; it was beyond my imagination. ..."
Read more from "Never Seen that Many Dishes" by Germai Medhanie
June 05, 2007
The proposed immigration bill is complicated – it has no forgiveness, and no family reunification, and it proposes a $5,000 fine. This $5,000 fine could lead to preemptive admission of the “crime” of undocumented immigration which makes it difficult to qualify for permanent residence or citizenship. If this bill passes it will create second class citizens that exist in the shadow of freedom.