Student reporters tell stories about themselves

I get a hint of my British-Jewish heritage by By Nathan Ansell

My papa may not tell me much about his Argentine youth, but there’s always football  By Lucio Vainesman

Will Iranian roots survive another generation? By Sophie Kobylinski

It can be suffocating in the land of opportunity By Gabrielle Rabon

I’ve got a golden ticket… but I don’t need it  By Hannah Gonzalez

 

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I get a hint of my British-Jewish heritage

By Nathan Ansell, Medill, Immigrant Connect In a medium-sized residence near Westminster, I’m sitting around an oblong wooden table for brunch. I recognize less than a quarter of the faces present. I eavesdrop on conversations about everything from Israeli politics to...

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Lilia’s support system makes it all possible

By Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Medill, Immigrant Connect I run into Lilia at our neighborhood grocery store, expecting the usual embrace. We are the only people in the frozen food aisle. I’m in high school at the time and she's a housekeeper, who lives and works in the...

Identity

I get a hint of my British-Jewish heritage

By Nathan Ansell, Medill, Immigrant Connect In a medium-sized residence near Westminster, I’m sitting around an oblong wooden table for brunch. I recognize less than a quarter of the faces present. I eavesdrop on conversations about everything from Israeli politics to...

Work, Jobs and Money

What are the plans of employers who rely on immigrant labor for seasonal agricultural work if the labor supply is cut off or curtailed?

By Lauren Mammini, Medill, Immigrant Connect "Without immigrants, we wouldn't have a fresh produce industry,” says Matt Scaroni, partner of the Scaroni Family of Companies, a family-owned business that has been involved in production agriculture for four generations....

The Migration

A visibility paradox permeates media coverage of Central American migrations to the U.S.

By Justin Agrelo, Medill, Immigrant Connect For Arlette Jácome, the hyper-visibility of Central Americans in the mainstream news cycle over the past several months has been “devastating.” “I feel like we’re only important because it’s serving a purpose, you know? I...

Culture Shock

It can be suffocating in the land of opportunity

By Gabrielle Rabon, Medill, Immigrant Connect In this room, I struggle to breathe. I am lightheaded. My grandmother, Kitty, smokes indoors. She also hates the smell of tobacco, so she sprays deodorizer to cover it. The walls, once white, are now a sickly yellow-brown....

Good Question

How has Cuban immigration changed since the cessation of the Wet Foot/Dry Foot policy?

By Hannah Gonzalez, Medill, Immigrant Connect Meli Santoyo says that in today’s political climate, she cannot afford to be Republican. “I grew up in the context of being a first-generation college student, a low income student, a woman in the U.S.,” she says. “No...

Fearing the Law

Palestinian-Americans describe being mistreated and denied entry into Israel

By Aqilah Allaudeen, Medill, Immigrant Connect Marian Aldisi recalls the incident with horror and indignation. Last summer, on July 21, she was forced to remove her clothes and was strip-searched. She remembers the settings; three different interrogation rooms in...

Learning the Language

My mother is an artist

By Sian Shin, Medill, Immigrant Connect I’m sitting at the kitchen table with my ESL homework laid out in front of me when my mother walks in and tosses something on the table. It’s my mother’s art portfolio, featuring her best artwork throughout her career. I look up...

Problems With Papers

What do international students in the U.S. on student visas do to adapt if they can’t get an H1-B visa to remain and work in the country?

By Clare Proctor, Medill, Immigrant Connect Tejas Shah addresses a slew of legal concerns working in labor and employment law. As an immigration lawyer primarily serving Indian immigrants, Shah sees many clients grasp at straws, trying to find a way to remain in the...

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