Frontier

Fighter

Dreamer

Frontier

Donatila Diego has been through it all. The worries of getting caught by the border patrol, the heartbreak of watching loved ones being deported. But she stayed and worked hard to earn herself legal status, paving the way for the kids so they'll never have to go through what she did.

Fighter

Miguel is a fighter in all he does. He bet his life to cross the border to support his impoverished family back in Guatemala. Although he lives in fear of deportation, he fights for comprehensive immigration reform, refusing to hide in silence.

Dreamer

They arrived in U.S by different paths at a fairly young age. They refused to be called "illegals or undocumented." They have dreams and are acting on them. They call themselves the Dreamers. Meet their leader, Frida Barreto.


Undocumented Immigrants Population and Deportation Changes in Different Administrations in U.S
There are about 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in U.S, 70% are from Mexico, Guatemala and latin american countries. As the undocumented immigrants population increased six times over the last three decades, the deportation rate raised 20 times. The two line charts below show the changes in undocumented immigrants population and deportation over the past four administrations and the first term of Obama administration.

About lamerica

lamerica is a multimedia project telling the stories of the undocumented Hispanic immigrants living in Miami, Florida.

Frontier, Fighter and Dreamer portray the generational experiences of undocumented immigrants who live in the shadows, under constant fear of family separation and deportation.

Creator

Qin Chen is a graduate student at University of Miami completing the Masters degree in Multimedia Journalism.
Website: Qinchenmedia



Blog

lamerica BLOG
The background story of how Lamerica was put together in bits and pieces by a one-woman band. The story, the search, the filming, the rallies, and occasionally, the food in the great Salvadorian and Mexican restaurants of Homestead, FL.