Fall 2019

Our array of stories

In the fall of 2019, months after the attention on separated immigrant children at the border had gravitated to Ukraine and impeachment hearings, we continued to report on the lives of immigrants and refugees in Chicago and beyond who were coping with policies and practices that had seeped into American society and narratives:

The march for DACA embeds memories and commits to change the narrative  By Hannah Gonzalez

Chicago’s Welcoming Ordinance is welcoming…to a point  By Nathan Ansell

New generation of Syrian immigrants find their place in the U.S.  By Sophie Kobylinski

California fires leave immigrant communities stranded  By Gabrielle Rabon

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There were questions seeking answers that we addressed. We posted them in our section Good Question:

What does it take for immigrants to start their own businesses? By Sophie Kobylinski

How does service in the armed forces change immigrants’ paths to citizenship? / Immigrant veterans should read here how to apply for citizenship. Warning: It’s not easy By Gabrielle Rabon

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

Are there differences in cultural identities between Mexicans who came to the US years ago and those who’ve come since the Cold War? By Nathan Ansell

Did former President Obama abandon the Syrian people? If so, when, and how do Syrians here feel about it? By Lucio Vainesman

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Our student reporters wanted you to know something about them and the roots for their investment in reporting on immigrants unlike themselves. The stories are captured here  and on the Immigrant Connect staff page:

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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What does it take for immigrants to start their own businesses?

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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

Are there differences in cultural identities between Mexicans who came to the US years ago and those who’ve come since the Cold War?

By Nathan Ansell, Medill, Immigrant Connect Before throwing his hat into the ring as a presidential candidate, Julian Castro served as San Antonio’s mayor for five years, from 2009-14. As a relatively unknown figure beyond Texas, some say that his keynote speech at...

Work, Jobs and Money

New generation of Syrian immigrants find their place in the U.S.

By Sophie Kobylinski, Medill, Immigrant Connect After a long week of work at the Kraft Heinz Company in Chicago, 25-year-old Marcelle Hana looks forward to her monthly visit to Ambrosia Cafe, a hookah bar in Lincoln Park. She meets her friends to unwind and catch up...

The Migration

A woman recalls her journey from Honduras to the U.S. with her infant son

By Gabrielle Rabon, Medill, Immigrant Connect Nina Rivera* sits on the streets of Matamoros, Mexico. She hasn’t eaten in days. Yet she’s continued to breastfeed her infant son. Her arms ache from carrying her baby, and she’s exhausted from the long journey. The baby,...

Culture Shock

New generation of Syrian immigrants find their place in the U.S.

By Sophie Kobylinski, Medill, Immigrant Connect After a long week of work at the Kraft Heinz Company in Chicago, 25-year-old Marcelle Hana looks forward to her monthly visit to Ambrosia Cafe, a hookah bar in Lincoln Park. She meets her friends to unwind and catch up...

Good Question

How does service in the armed forces change immigrants’ paths to citizenship?

By Gabrielle Rabon, Medill, Immigrant Connect [see companion story - Immigrant veterans should read here how to apply for citizenship. Warning: It’s not easy] Adeyemi Gbadamosi stepped aboard the retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney, the last standing warship that...

Fearing the Law

One woman’s personal sanctuary movement holds fast for a change in the law

By Hannah Gonzalez, Medill, Immigrant Connect It’s Saturday in late Sept. 2019, in Pilsen, and Francisca Lino is making a sign with a marker and paper in the front hallway of the Lincoln United Methodist Church (LUMC). “No use esta puerta use la del jardín,” the sign...

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

The drum accompanies him everywhere

By Nathan Ansell, Medill, Immigrant Connect It’s another Sunday service at the Lincoln United Methodist Church. Between readings from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, lively musical interludes fill the pews with rhythm. Many of the church-goers play instruments or...

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