Cheech Marin directed and starred in this comedy about an American of Mexican descent who is mistakenly deported and has to figure out a way to get back home, a task made difficult by the fact that he has no way of proving he is a U.S. citizen.
“Mississippi Masala” (1991)
Mira Nair’s early film depicts an Indian family that is expelled from Uganda and settles in Mississippi. The difficulties of assimilation, for both migrants and natives, come to a head when the family’s daughter, Sarita Choudhury, falls in love with local boy Denzel Washington.
“House of Sand and Fog” (2003)
Vadim Perelman’s tragedy is about an Iranian refugee, played by Ben Kingsley, whose pursuit to restore his family’s honor and station in California threatens to consume the life of a woman trying to get back her family house, as well as the lives of the refugee’s own family.
“Under the Same Moon” (2007)
Patricia Riggen’s film follows a little boy who leaves Mexico after his grandmother dies to reunite with his mother in the United States. He has to rely on a network of strangers to help him and along the way is exposed to the hazards and exploitations that undocumented immigrants face.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.