On June 13th, 100 immigrants will travel by train all across America to tell the stories of their American dream. You can follow them and their journeys. More important, you can tell the world your own immigrant story, or your parents’, or grandparents’, right here, in text, or by video.


Wen-Tong Lin's Odyssey

My personal odyssey of Dreams Across America On the morning of Saturday, June 16, 2007, Elizabeth dropped me at the entrance of Columbus Airport. We kissed and hugged each other. She wished me good luck when I walked into the hall with my luggage, a camera bag on my shoulder and a small handbag containing a few pieces of clothing. I was on a mission to fly to Chicago and then join up with other dreamers on a train that carried dreams from Los Angeles and other places along the way.


Juneteenth: The Seeds of Freedom

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of of the emancipation of the slaves in the United States. The significance of June 19 is that day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas and announced the order that the slaves had been freed. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and the reasons for this could be one of many, including the desire to not let them know so owners could reap another harvest, to the fact that there weren't enough Union soldiers to enforce it until Granger arrived. Nevertheless, they were finally freed from their enslavement, and Juneteenth is the celebration of that day.


Onward from Chicago

Well, the trip aboard the Dreams Train from Los Angeles to Chicago was in many ways a test of the Dreamers' endurance -- but so far, everyone's holding up well. We got cleaned up, fed, and rested in Chicago. We also got a fresh addition of even more Dreamers. So as we pulled out of Union Station tonight, the energy was warm and positive. Everyone's looking forward to getting into D.C. this afternoon.


Dreams Coming Together

A lot has happened on the train. We have all gotten to know each other a lot more every day. Without exception we have gotten along fabulously and bonded. Even with a 7 hour train delay out of LA to San Antonio and being 3 hours behind schedule to Chicago we are in high spirits.