With his big-chested frame, a round nose and a pair of glasses, Ryan Smith is the type of boy many people associate with being from a small town in rural New England.
But that wasn’t always the case.
When he was in high school, Smith was working in a factory in rural Massachusetts and got to meet his future wife, who was from China.
It was a romantic moment that he hasn’t looked back since.
But now, as a single father, Smith has to navigate a culture that he says has a lot to do with the immigration act that passed in 1986.
“The immigration act is the reason why I’m here, why I can’t get a job,” Smith said.
“The reason why we don’t get jobs in New England.”
Smith has a simple message for people who think immigrants can be good looking.
“I’m not a stereotype, and I’m not trying to convince you, I’m just trying to educate you,” Smith told WGBH’s “Dollar Tree Morning Show.”
“The immigration law says that you can’t be a stereotype and that’s why I love America.”
It is a common theme in the immigrant community, which is why a new book, “American Dream: How to Find Your Own Path to Success,” is a must-read for all immigrant families.
The book was written by the American Immigration Council and features interviews with immigrant moms and dads, along with the voices of people who have grown up in America.
“If you look around you and see these incredible, beautiful families,” said Jody, a former New York City firefighter, who works as a teacher in New Jersey.
“I’m just a little girl.
And I’m going to go, ‘I’m a girl.'”
The book is a work of fiction.
But it tells the story of a man whose dreams and dreams of becoming a great man have been thwarted by the immigration laws.
“He came here because he loved the country,” Jody said.
But as Jody and other immigrants tell their stories, they are also trying to raise awareness about how they are being treated by America.
It is not just immigration that is hurting families in New York, but a cultural divide that has been built in the city.
“You don’t really hear the word ‘immigrant,'” said Jodie, a resident of Queens, who has a daughter who is American-born.
“You just see them here.”
The book comes at a time when immigrant parents have been in the spotlight, but their voices are often drowned out by the rhetoric and stereotypes that they have faced.
“It’s a problem that’s been building in New Orleans, but it’s only in New Hampshire,” said Joanne, who runs a non-profit that helps immigrants in New Hampshirham, New Hampshire.
“It’s not just immigrants.
It can be parents who are struggling.
It really is that important to make a difference.”
The immigration laws were passed to stop discrimination and discrimination on the basis of race, religion and national origin, but critics say the act has failed to address what they call a “cultural imbalance” in the country.
“This is a country that’s a melting pot,” said Michelle Geddes, a professor at the University of New Hampshire and a co-author of the book.
“So we’re seeing a growing number of young men who are coming to this country in search of opportunities.
This is a society where they are looking for people to love, and to be with.
And that love and acceptance is what’s keeping them from being accepted.”
A few months after she was introduced to her new husband, Gedde and her husband started dating.
The two moved in together and she felt that she had found the perfect man.
“As soon as he told me he was American, I knew we were a couple,” Gedds said.
“When I met him, I was like, ‘My God, I love this man,'” she said.
Gedds and Smith have a son together, who is now in his first year of college.
They are both married, but Smith is also the sole breadwinner in their household.
Smith said he felt he had to work more hard in order to help support his family.
“We had to go out and find work, and he worked from home,” Smith explained.
“And he had two jobs, one of them at McDonalds.
And he was making $13,000 a year.”
Smith and Gedd said the act is “a big deal” for immigrants because it is a way to get ahead in life.
But the act itself is hurting immigrant families because it doesn’t address their culture.
“What it does is it’s not giving them the opportunity to have a career,” Smith added.
“There’s no job for immigrants to go to, to work at, to do the things that you think you want to