Kamila Kolodynska

Kamila Kolodynska, 22, was born in Szprotawa, Poland. She lives in Leszno Gorne, Poland until she immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 10 years old. Her family immigrated to New Jersey to seek medical help for her older sister who has neurofibromatosis. Kamila lives in Clifton and attends Montclair State. She hopes to continue her studies in political science in the United States and to one day work in the immigration field to help others navigate the system.

This video was produced for The Immigration Project by Justin Guerrier, in association with documentary marker Beth Toni Kruvant, Guerrier graduated from Montclair State in May 2013 with a degree in Filmmaking and currently works for Brookdale Television as a production technician. He also works as a freelance producer, camera operator, sound mixer and editor.

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Sandy Poses Special Problems for Immigrant Day Laborers Aiding Recovery Effort (via NJSpotlight)

“After Sandy, I went to work with a contractor doing a basement cleanup,” recalled Marcelo, a day laborer from Brazil who’s been living in the U.S. for the past seven years but didn’t want to give his last name because he’s not authorized…


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‘Dream Act’ Advocates Accuse Christie of Reneging on Promise (via NJSpotlight)

Credit: Office of the Governor/Tim Larsen Gov. Chris Christie did something few Republicans have been able to do in recent years when he sailed to re-election earlier this month: He won a majority of the state’s Latino vote. Exit polls conducted by…


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Seeking Asylum Is Anything But Easy for Bangladeshi Refugee (via Paterson Times)

Holding up a black-and-white election poster of father, since slain, Ibrahim Momin feels the same fate could be in store for him if the U.S. fails to grant him political asylum. Photo: Beverly Peterson. By J.M. RAHMAN, PATERSON TIMES Since 2009, when…


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N.J. Senate approves bill granting in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — A bill to offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants who grew up in New Jersey is continuing its progress towards Gov. Chris Christie’s desk. The state Senate today voted 25 to 12 to approve the controversial measure, which would…


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Jersey City touts ‘first in state’ immigrant affairs department (via NJ.com)

Tucked away inside a first-floor office in Jersey City City Hall is a new city department that Mayor Steve Fulop says is the first in the state to explicitly cater to immigrants. Dubbed the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the division is staffed by…


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One year after Sandy, Ellis Island reopens to the public (via NJ.com)

When employees of Ellis Island were finally able to make it back to the island last year after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region, they found a mess. The basement of Ellis Island’s museum was flooded. Brochures littered the grounds and covered…


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The “New Barbeque Pit” in Bergenfield, NJ is owned and operated by the Cancio Family. Louis Cancio came from Manilla, Philippines at the age of 11, and lived with his aunt and uncle in Livingston, NJ, where he went to high school. He began roasting the pig in their garage, and soon thereafter Louis joined his father to help establish the restaurant. Louis mans the kitchen and will work through the night for celebrations and holidays to meet the demand for roast pig. (more…)

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Complaint: NJ Denies Access to Sandy Aid to Spanish-Speaking Residents (via NJSpotlight)

A grassroots Latino advocacy organization on Tuesday filed an official complaint accusing the Christie administration of not giving Spanish-speaking residents equal access to information and federal dollars when it comes to Sandy aid. Citing U.S. Housing…


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By STEVE MWAFUGA

It had been three weeks since I disembarked from Nairobi and nestled here in Montclair, my new home. Admittedly the adjusting process had been somewhat a challenge. But all this was dwarfed by the tragic news coming from home. (more…)

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By SOFIA CHAVEZ and DEBBIE GALANT

Constitution Day 2013 from WiredJersey.com on Vimeo.

Forty immigrants from 23 different countries took the oath of citizenship on the campus of Montclair State University today, becoming naturalized citizens, as the university celebrated Constitution Day by honoring its newest citizens. (more…)