filmmaker Ruth Leitman was hired to make a short film for the “Dreams Across America” campaign, an advocacy effort on the behalf of undocumented immigrants. The resulting short, made in just five days, chronicled the deportation of Janina Wasilewski, a wife, mother, and small-business owner who had lived in Chicago for 18 years. Wasilewski had come to the United States from Communist Poland in the late 1980s. She applied for political asylum, and subsequently met Tony Wasilewski, who was also from Poland but had come to the United States on a work visa. They were married. Then, in 1993, Janina was denied asylum on the grounds that Poland was no longer Communist. She was ordered to “voluntarily depart” but, according to the Wasilewskis, no translation services were provided at the hearing and she didn’t understand the implications of the order. The couple started their own cleaning business, bought a house in the suburbs, and had a child, meanwhile working with lawyers on Janina’s immigration status. But in 2007, a judge ruled that she be deported. That spring, she and the couple’s 6-year-old son Brian left for Poland, carrying only the 44 pounds of luggage they’d been allowed to take with them. Current law bars Janina Wasilewski from returning to this country for 10 years.