An informational program designed for Spanish-speaking immigrants.
El Sueño Americano
Lo Que Usted Debe Saber Sobre... La Inmigración y La Policía
In Spanish with English subtitles
2005 Finalist Award Winner - New York Festival
2005 Telly Award Finalist
The American Dream was developed in consultation with immigration and criminal defense attorneys, law enforcement officials, community outreach workers, and people from the Spanish-speaking community who, in their own words, tell newcomers the reality of life in the United States. This innovative and engaging program presents people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including an immigration attorney from El Salvador, a Dominican bricklayer, a seamstress from Guatemala, a Puerto Rican OSHA compliance officer, a Mexican print shop worker, a highway patrol officer from Uruguay, a community agency director from Chile, and many others who discuss the following topics.
- How-to information about immigration and other legal issues.
- How learning English will increase opportunities in the United States and help avoid abuse and victimization.
- How your country's consulate can help you.
- How to avoid immigration fraud, including fraud perpetrated by "notarios."
- How to obtain legal residency in the United States.
- The discrepancy between immigration law and economic reality.
- The risks of being undocumented in the United States, including workplace abuse.
- Your rights at a deportation hearing.
- How to obtain low-cost and reliable legal counsel.
- The impact of a criminal conviction - such as domestic violence or driving under the influence - on your eligibility for residency in the U.S.
- The role of the police--trained professionals whose job is to safeguard public safety, and not, in general, to enforce immigration law.
- What to do if you are stopped by police while driving, and when police can search your car.
- What you need to know about driver's licenses, registration, insurance, driving under the influence, and attempting to "tip" the police.
- The consequences of committing a crime in the U.S., including domestic violence.
- Cultural differences that can lead neighbors to call the police.
- How to conduct yourself if stopped by police for questioning, and your right to remain silent.
- If arrested, your right to contact an attorney and your consulate, and your right to free legal counsel.
- The importance of calling police if you are a crime victim, whether or not you reside legally in the U.S.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THE AMERICAN DREAM
- Community organizations serving Spanish-speakers
- High schools and universities with Spanish-speaking students
- Business with Spanish-speaking employees
- Federal and state agencies interacting with the Spanish-speaking public
- Law enforcement agencies
- Refugee agencies
- Public libraries
An excellent presentation... every organization helping new immigrants should have it. Marlene F. Gonzales, Attorney, Salt Lake City. UT
This is the best educational video out of hundreds I've seen! ... short, impressive interviews, great images and high production values. For someone new to the U.S., this video offers a wealth of valuable information. Fran Kaplan, LCSW, Ed.D., Milwaukee, WI
We love this video, it is so well done! Norma DeLao,Director, New Iowan Center, Sioux City, IA
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