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Family

It was my grandma’s diagnosis, but she couldn’t understand it and I couldn’t explain it

By Aqilah Allaudeen, Medill, Immigrant Connect The smell of disinfectant fills the room. The magnolia colored walls seem to add to the already grim mood of the oncology ward at Singapore General Hospital. The beeps of machines and intermittent coughs from patients are...

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

The spirit of Ubuntu welcomes me to the Italian bocce club of Bedfordview

By Daniel Jose Viegas Just off the highway in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, by the retirement village, the faint clanks of hard plastics meeting can be heard. Through ornate gates covered in garish gold lettering jumbled together to make Italian greetings, past the old...

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 The joy filled by his two daughters has been replaced by uncertainty and instability in the past few weeks.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 The joy filled by his two daughters has been replaced by uncertainty and instability in the past few weeks.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

What will become of my multicultural-ness after I marry an American?

By Mary Hall, Medill, Immigrant Connect Not much gets past my journal. October 12, 2018 “We can’t keep having the same fight, Mike, ” I say, my voice low, yet persistent enough to be heard over the hum of the subway taking us toward downtown Chicago. By this point...

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

It’s uncanny how identical our ball and stick letters look in ESL classes

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven It’s Monday. Probably raining. It seems to always rain on Mondays. At 12:30 sharp, Sarra arrives, pushing Salamita in a small stroller. Sarra’s deep brown skin glows, her face hugged by a bright hijab. She and Salamita almost always wear...

Problems With Papers

I had a front row seat for the green card dance twice

By Ankur Singh, Medill, Immigrant Connect I sit on the couch in my home while browsing the Internet on my laptop. My home also happens to be the place where I work as a Resident Assistant at a shelter for asylum seekers. A young man walks into the room and asks for...

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