In this era of anti-immigration rhetoric, it’s sometimes useful to consider what a newcomer to the U.S. brings to the table — namely a sense of enthusiasm and hope.
Most films about the immigrant experience begin with the protagonist’s arrival in a new land. America America , though, ends with a shot of the Statue of Liberty as its hero sails into New York Harbor. It’s the physical and emotional journey he takes to get there that interested filmmaker Elia Kazan .
Unless you're a full-blooded Native American, you're an immigrant or the descendant of immigrants.
You could even say that the journey to the New World is built into our DNA.
The experiences of our forefathers in coming to this country — and the struggles of today's immigrant — is the subject of The Golden Door film series  playing in September at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library.