What’s it like to be young and hispanic in Prince William County, VA?

The following video is from an extraordinary project titled “9500 Liberty.”  The project began as an “interactive documentary” on YouTube in response to a contentious public conversation about illegal immigration that developed in Prince William County, Virginia, following the passage of restrictive legislation in 2007. ”9500 Liberty” has since been developed into a full-length film. With the passage of the new immigration law in Arizona in April of this year, the film is newly relevant.

“9500 Liberty” takes its title from the street address of a house in Manassas, Virginia, where a large sign urged residents to “Stop your racism against Hispanics!”  The following clip was filmed as members of the community repair the sign after it was damaged by vandals. The clip affords a relatively rare glimpse of what the immigration debate looks like to children and youth, particularly those of Hispanic descent. Here, Daniel (aged 12 at filming) shares his perspective.

Readers, what does the immigration debate look like to your children? What sort of conversations are you having at home about this issue?

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