A New Generation: 7 Inspiring Immigration Stories

America was built by immigrants. Our nation is filled with different cultures, races, and religions. All of us have stories of our ancestors, who underwent hardships and triumph. But, our growing story isn't over yet. Today, we have a new generation of immigrants. People who have come with the same dreams as our ancestors. Like us, they are dreamers and hard workers, who strive for a better life. Through their journey, some have come across people who have helped them achieve success. From fieldworkers to entrepreneurs, we share their heroic story of their American dream.

1) Immigrant Entrepreneurs Podcast

Kent Tabing, founder of the Wharton Alumni magazine of New York, wanted to discover the secretes of immigrant entrepreneur success. Through his research of young immigrants, he developed "The Immigrant Entrepreneur" podcast. In his interviews, he highlights the stories of successful first generation and second generation tycoons, who have created booming businesses. He discovered that, even though these workers have been exposed to an Ivy-league education, there success was due to their character. Kent Tabing's podcasts uncovers the hardships and triumph of young immigrant entrepreneurs.

2) Community Garden Helps House the Homeless

Rosie's Place is a community garden that houses immigrants and homeless women and contains a safe and healthy environment for all. This garden not only offers food and shelter, but provides opportunities for women to get back on their feet and learn a new life skill. Learn more about Rosie's Place below:

3) Friends of Fieldworkers

Judy and Ted Lucas, founders of Friends of Fieldworkers, created an organization to make the "invisible" shine.; most immigrant field workers are forgotten. With the Lucas's compassion towards immigrants, they have started a company to assist these migrants. Located in Venture County, CA, this company provides support through donations of food, clothes, and other daily essentials to migrant workers. Judy and Ted continue to inspire and support immigrants throughout the field.

4) Mexican Immigrant Goes to Harvard

Cesar Cruz is not only the first Mexican Immigrant male to attend Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, but an educator and activist for his local community. Cruz continues to give back to his community through the Homies Empowerment Program. This group empowers the youth to stop gang violence in Oakland County and bring a community together. Caesar Cruz's next dream is to utilize his time at Harvard University to find funding for an after-school youth center in high gang violence areas in Oakland County.

5) Unlikely Friendship Changes Everything For This Immigrant

Cassie Camillo is a mother who wanted a better life for her kids. From Brazil, at age 35 she left her children, to move to America in hopes to provide them with a better life. Earlier, Camillo was working two manual labor jobs when she met Peter DeRosa, a successful restaurant owner in CT. After hiring her as a dishwasher, they soon became friends. Peter DeRosa was devoted in seeing her succeed. He payed for her English lessons and even enrolled her in community college. Soon after she graduated, Cassie Camillo's dreams came true by being reunited with her children and starting her very own cleaning business called, "Happy Angels".

6) Janitor Helps Immigrants

This janitor assists other young African immigrants achieve their dreams, just like he did. Fifteen years ago, Frank arrived from the African country of Togo. Soon after, he began working as a janitor, who spoke no English. After receiving his bachelor's degree, Frank started his own cleaning business. Through his company, he encourages young African immigrants to work hard and get educated, as he did. Frank is a hero to first-generation college students at Georgetown.

7) Georgetown University's Scholarship Program, offers emotional and financial support for low income families and first-generation college students to succeed. Founded in 2004, this group gives resources and support to all students. Emily and Adrian are two first generation students that will inspire you. Watch the video!

Today, immigrants of America continue to strive for success. Through their journey of hardships they find a light on the other side with the help of heroes along the way. Their efforts continue to inspire others and continue to grow our nation.

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