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KCTS 9 Launches Borders & Heritage: Stories of Immigration

New digital series explores the immigration experience in the Pacific Northwest

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(photo credit: Harvey Barrison/Flickr/Creative Commons)
(photo credit: Harvey Barrison/Flickr/Creative Commons)

KCTS 9 today announced the launch of Borders & Heritage: Stories of Immigration. Borders & Heritage is a KCTS 9 Digital Studios series that explores the immigrant experience in the Pacific Northwest. Presented in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, Borders & Heritage tells the stories of recent immigrants, as well as stories of those who arrived decades or centuries ago; celebrating immigrants whose traditions and customs have helped shape the diverse culture of our region.
“The Pacific Northwest is a complex tapestry woven from the threads of the many cultures who came to this region in search of a new beginning,” said Robert I. Dunlop, President and CEO of KCTS 9. “We’re thrilled to launch this new series that explores so many different aspects of the immigration experience.”
Early immigrants to the Pacific Northwest were primarily Northern Europeans who were greeted by indigenous peoples. Today, Washington state—particularly the Seattle metropolitan area—is home to people from around the globe, all drawn by the promise of freedom, equality and opportunity. The stories featured in Borders & Heritage will provide a local counterpart to Frontline’s Immigration Battle, an upcoming episode which will air on KCTS 9 and other PBS stations on October 20, 2015.
A rich array of multimedia content in Borders & Heritage includes stories of new immigrants in the process of acquiring citizenship; a firsthand look at several different cultures experiencing a new life in the Pacific Northwest; President Lyndon B. Johnson’s remarks on October 3, 1965 as he signed the Immigration Bill; and links to resources for those seeking more information about immigration and citizenship. Part of the process for becoming a citizen is passing a civics test, and visitors to the site can test their own knowledge by taking the interactive citizenship tests comprised of questions from naturalization study guides provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. An interactive timeline of significant immigration events in American history begins with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and extends all the way to President Obama’s recent remarks this September as he launched a campaign to encourage immigrants to make the transition from permanent resident to U.S. citizen.
For more information about Borders & Heritage and other KCTS 9 programs and initiatives, visit

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