Minnie Driver is an actress, a singer, an activist and an immigrant. We are proud to team up with her to share stories of incredible individuals building a stronger, more united, America.
I know how difficult it is to start from scratch in a new country. Ending up in California, 7,000 miles away from my friends and family and everything I knew, was difficult. But I knew I had something to offer America.
We all look different, but the reason we came here is what unites us. We all want a better life for ourselves and our families, and we are willing to work hard for it. If we don’t see immigration as a fundamental part of the basic fabric of America, we’ve lost sight of what this great country is about.
My vision of the United States is what the founding fathers laid out: That no matter your race, religion, or political belief, you can come here and make a life for yourself. Somewhere along the way, that vision has been corrupted by this idea of ownership.
To anyone who has a dream of coming here, don’t let go of that. It’s a difficult time to feel like America has love for people of color coming from economically challenged countries. But I would hope and pray that people don’t give up on that idea of coming here to work, because it wouldn’t be America if they didn’t.
So, I decided to partner with Great Big Story because I wanted to show that immigrants are a collective. I wanted to show that there are so many different stories, but they all make up the same American fabric. We are storytellers, so we are telling a different story about immigration.
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