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Family

It’s never been easy for Iranians to travel to the U.S. – the travel ban is an extreme uptick of this uncertain visa process

By Siobhan Neela-Stock, Medill, Immigrant Connect Snowy Evanston is a far cry from the memories Emad Tayefeh has of the bustling district of Sadeghieh in Tehran. He describes his childhood neighborhood as full of farms and gardens when it was first created after...

Back Home

A name is just a name but not mine in Cyrillic

By Natalya Carrico, Medill, Immigrant Connect I'm 13 or 14 years old, at one of our family reunions. I ask Grandpa if he can still speak Ukranian.  He chuckles and says a few words, his sister joining in. The words make no sense to me, but the cadence is striking. I...

Identity

Crossing the border for the Akwesasne Tribe is a work in progress

By Natalya Carrico, Medill, Immigrant Connect In September, at a border checkpoint in the Canadian city of Cornwall, 67-year-old Antoine Delormier, an elder of the Mohawk Tribe of Akwesasne, was on his way to the community hospital to seek medical care for shortness...

Work, Jobs and Money

TPS ends for Nicaraguans and Haitians, thousands more face uncertainty and the prospect of family separation

By Griselda Flores, Medill, Immigrant Connect Edwin Murillo’s home isn’t the same anymore. The joy filled by his two daughters has been replaced by uncertainty and instability in the past few weeks. Murillo is from El Salvador and has been a TPS recipient since 1999,...

The Migration

TPS ends for Nicaraguans and Haitians, thousands more face uncertainty and the prospect of family separation

By Griselda Flores, Medill, Immigrant Connect Edwin Murillo’s home isn’t the same anymore. The joy filled by his two daughters has been replaced by uncertainty and instability in the past few weeks. Murillo is from El Salvador and has been a TPS recipient since 1999,...

Culture Shock

A misunderstood Uzbek community stands by the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

By Zhejun (Eunice) Wang, Medill, Immigrant Connect Like many other American citizens, New Yorker Sitora Ashrafova was shocked and grieved when she heard about the terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan on Halloween. A man plowed a rented truck down a crowded bike path...

Good Question

How will Chicago’s new municipal ID cards accessible to undocumented immigrants benefit them?

By Zhejun (Eunice) Wang, Medill, Immigrant Connect [Note: A few days after this story was published, the city of Chicago unveiled its Municipal ID program, called City Keys.] Crossing the border into Arizona from home in Mexico City was long and lonely for 7-year-old...

Fearing the Law

How have President Trump’s proposed and revised travel policies affected the lives of non-U.S. citizens living or studying in the U.S.?

By Siobhan Neela-Stock, Medill, Immigrant Connect It should have been simple. All she was doing was planning to visit her family. But for Emma*, it was anything but simple to return to Uruguay. Her grandmother was not well and she missed her older sister, who had just...

Learning the Language

The cruelest legacy – a nation of enough immigrants – is in the gnarled hands of master propagandists

[An earlier version - How Master Propagandists Linked Immigrants to the Florida School Shooting: No, Nikolas Cruz is not an immigrant. But his name has helped people like Ann Coulter stir the xenophobic melting pot  - was published on Feb. 28, 2018 by Yes! Magazine....

Problems With Papers

The line between point A and point B for we Chicago high school kids is a straight line with freedom on neither end

By Justin Agrelo, Medill, Immigrant Connect I’m sitting in a brightly lit classroom, my desk facing front to the teacher and blackboard. The walls of our public high school in the Hermosa community in Chicago are adorned with three posters, a cork board of student...

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