I Learn America – New Day Films – Children, Youth, and Families – Education

I Learn America – New Day Films – Children, Youth, and Families – Education


-My dad said I’m gonna
come to the United States, I’m gonna be here working
three years, and then I’m gonna go back to Guatemala. He was coming here,
but halfway in Mexico, he was killed. [peaceful music] -Cross the room if you are
not from the United States. -Oh, me!
-Oh man. -Our students are recent
immigrant English-language learners from about
52 different countries. -They are the American dream. -Yah! Yah yah! -The options are to either
nurture and support and educate them or not! -It was not a choice
for us to come here. That’s something
our parents choose. -Coming here is really hard. I was 10, crossing
the desert by myself. -We just here on a Visa, and
I mean we don’t have nothing. -The most difficult part is
you can’t speak in English. -Absolutely nobody
else speaks his language. -If you hit someone,
and they press charges, you can go to jail. -What I wanna say I have in
my brain, but I can’t speak. -I can’t imagine what
they’re going through. [music turns tense] -They already
chose a boy for me. -All the normal, angsty stuff
about being a teenager, trying to figure out who you are
and what right and wrong is, on top of adjusting to
a totally new culture. I mean it’s insane. [cheerful music] -You need to realize wherever
you choose to be in this world, it’s up to you. -My parents want me
to put a dress on. How I’m gonna look with a dress? -Aaaah! [laughs] -I feel a little bit different. -Everybody’s different here. Different nationality, different
people, different dressing, culture, and all of that. -I wanna go back to
Guatemala but only to vacation. [music rises with emotion] -This heart is over there,
and the body’s over here.

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