BET’s Rocsi Diaz releases a film about the struggles of immigrants

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

BET’s Rocsi Diaz has come forward with her directorial debut, “The Secrets of Strangers” – a public service announcement that tells the stories of undocumented immigrants in the US as they share their illegal status with total strangers.

Diaz, who was the former host of “106th & Park“, is making the public announcement videos in commemoration of the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month that will be celebrated every year in June. The idea was conceived by Welcome.us to encourage as many Americans as possible to share their stories of how they were first welcome into the American experience.

The first of three videos has already been released and uploaded to YouTube. The producers of the videos include stars and celebrities like actor Jeremy Irons, “Glee” star Naya Rivera, Guillermo Diaz of “Scandal” fame and magician David Blaine. Specials appearances include that by Sally Field, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Skylar Grey and many more.

The video captures the raw emotions of people as they share their most intimate secret – that of being illegal – and what life is like for them in the United States.

In the video, the people first introduce themselves. The nervousness and uneasiness is quite visible in almost all the introductions. Although there are smiles on the people’s faces, the apprehension and dread never leaves them.

Slowly, the people warm up to one another. They are relaxed and the conversation flows better.

Then the secrets are bared and brought out into the open; half of the people have no papers and have been in the US for up to 26 years. They talk about how their parents are coping and how they too have to struggle to make it through every single day.

By the end of the video, it is almost like the people have known each other for a long time and have been intimate friends all the while.

If you can keep your eyes dry after even half of the video has run, then you should probably see it over and over again, until you do get it.

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  1. So is her next documentary going to be about how 40 million illegal aliens have put black American citizens out of work and have destabilized the black middle class?

    Every so-called “sanctuary city” in the US has high unemployment for all black citizens, and obscenely high unemployment for black teen and black young adults. The Chicago Urban League released a report that indicated that 92% Chicago black your were/are unemployed.

    Chicago’s mayor closed 52 schools in black neighborhoods, only to announce two weeks later that he is building two huge new schools with the latest science and IT equipment in illegal alien hispanic neighborhoods. Chicago’s black majority are losing schools, and are being forced to pay taxes to build new classrooms for illegal alien children. Resources are finite. Everything that is “given” to illegal aliens, is being taken from legal American citizens; and black Americans are paying the highest price. That should bring tears to your eyes.

    • firstgenerationcubanamerican

      So let me get this straight.. You say that Illegals are taking away jobs from Americans. Those “Aliens” as you call them do the jobs that US spoiled entitled Americans won’t do. If it’s not in the A/C and it’s not paying more than 13.00/hr, their not doing it. the majority would rather sit back and collect TANF and Food Stamps or find some disability to get a check every month. I was born here, and I will be the first one to say it. We are a LAZY LAZY society who would rather know the latest dance trends and rap lyrics than read the news and educate ourselves. 80% of inner-city Americans don’t even know all of the states, much less our capitals. before you go on the defensive, we as LEGAL AMERICANS need to look at ourselves first.

  2. 1. Most definitely,40 million foreigners and their children forced into the job market, not only takes jobs from legal American citizens, it lowers the salaries. Millions of children of illegals are being forced into the entry level job market, and are competing with legal American youth, who cannot even find jobs when they graduate from college. American college graduates are living at home with their parents, who are also trying to pay off college bills.

    Those “Aliens” as you call them do the jobs that US spoiled entitled Americans won’t do.
    2. American law labels any person in this country without being ratified by the US government “…an illegal alien.” The same as if I went to some hispanic nation, and tried to force my way in their society, act like a citizen and receive benefits of citizenship, when I was not given a visa, a work permit, nor citizenship. They would not only label me an “illegal alien,” practically of hispanic nations would put me in jail for illegally entering their country.

    *”the jobs that US spoiled entitled Americans won’t do”?
    a. Your apparent hostility towards legal Americans citizens who expect to have preference in their own country, boggles the imagination. “Spoiled”?! It was the hard work of many generations of committed Americans that built the greatest nation on earth. Who did the jobs that illegals are doing before they showed up here? Yeah, that’s right – hard working Americans. You effort to put down “the American work ethic,” which is the highest in the world, in order to legitimatize the illegal invasion of 40 million foreigners into our sovereign nation, is absolutely ludicrous

    “I was born here, and I will be the first one to say it. We are a LAZY LAZY society who would rather know the latest dance trends and rap lyrics than read the news and educate ourselves. 80% of inner-city Americans don’t even know all of the states, much less our capitals. before you go on the defensive, we as LEGAL AMERICANS need to look at ourselves first.”

    b. You may have been born here, but you obviously live in another planet. Tell me, if we Americans are so lazy, why is there a traffic jam every morning starting at 6:00 am and starting every afternoon starting at 4:00 pm in every city in this nation, of hard-working people trying to get to work on time, and trying to return home so they can get up the next day and go to work? Americans get up early and work around the clock in pursuit of their “American Dream.”

    c. Your reference to “inner city Americans” not knowing the states and their capitals, is suppose to support the invasion the invasion of 40 million foreigners, who not only do not know the states and their capitals, they can’t even speak
    Your vision of “inner city Americans” is as hostile as your attitudes towards Americans in general. When you refer to “inner city Americans”, does that include the illegal aliens, or are you speaking of black Americans?

    Here’s a statistic about those “inner city Americans” you mentioned. A recent study revealed that the identifiable group with the highest enrollment in America’s colleges and universities is – African American women.

    If you favor foreigners who did not have anything to do with building this nation; who are only here to sop the gravy, legally or illegally, over the inheritors of the American experiment, then maybe you ought to go and live where they come from.

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