Immigrant Connect Chicago is an online network for immigrants, refugees, their families and their communities.

Family

Over our first dinner, we touch the surface, probably hold back, and want more

By Ashley Hackett, Medill, Immigrant Connect It’s a summer night in suburban Minnesota, unmistakable for its sweltering humidity and cast of whining mosquitoes. Instrumental music plays softly in the background. I watch perspiration gather and slowly drip off my wine...

Back Home

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

Boil Jorge down to George and he becomes American before your eyes

Jamie Spain, Medill, Immigrant Connect When the hostess brings the brown paper sack to the front of the restaurant, she looks at the receipt and calls out the name on the carry-out order. We'd been waiting for a short time for the tacos that my sister Sara’s boyfriend...

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 The joy filled by his two daughters has been replaced by uncertainty and instability in the past few weeks.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

I learn to listen through thick water across distance and difference

By Camille Erickson, Medill, Immigrant Connect A glistening pile of salt the weight of a child spills forth onto the gallery floor, depicting the accumulated salt deposits along the shores of the Dead Sea. On top of the mound rests a small, plaid backpack with a teddy...

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

In the words of my mother

By Rita Oceguera, Medill Immigrant Connect Rocio Oceguera and I enter through the doors, check in and take our seats until we’re called. My mom is visiting the dermatologist in Naperville, a growing city west of Chicago. Although we are only one city away from my...

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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