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Chicago’s global immigrants: Beyond the American dream

For many Chicago immigrants, the American dream is one of being in two places at once, living here and staking a claim to the future of the country they don’t have to leave behind.

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Qusay Al Salih: Three times a refugee

In Iraq, Al Salih and his family lived in constant fear of attack based on their ancestry. In Chicago, they face periodic prejudice from those who don’t understand their language or customs.

“I’d rather be in a house with one person who hates me than in a country where everyone hates me,” he said.


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The Migration
Sadeq Khatami: A Baha’i family with a secret to freedom

“Everyone makes their own religion,” says Sadeq Khatami, an Iranian refugee who fled his homeland with his wife, Farzaha, and daughter Lale, after the family converted to Baha’i.

Khatami weaves two stories while he speaks of his quick exit: one that he tells his parents, of being one of the few Iranians to win a green card to the United States. The other story, Khatami’s reality, is about his search for religious freedom and struggles with negotiating a new culture in the United States.


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Culture Shock
Activist without a cause

Maya Cohen’s emigration has been filled with experiences that pull her toward or push her away from her home country of Israel


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Learning the Language
Stumped by Southern drawl

Since becoming friends in high school, I had never seen her struggle with language.


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Work, Jobs and Money
Tapping the Mexican talent network

The Mexican Talent Network is trying to boost the reputation of Mexican technology professionals at home and abroad while building on their contacts and expertise to create employment at home.


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Problems with Papers
Detainment: The struggle of those left waiting

Jennifer Zamora-Cisneros could not wait any longer to get her son’s hair trimmed. She had hoped that her husband would…


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Family
Eugene Peba: A Nigerian’s fight for survival and protection

“I thought I was running to save my life from back home, but here it’s a different fight, a different ball game,” Eugene Peba says.


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Fearing the Law
Exchanging favors: Ethiopian refugee Esayas Mesfin’s survival kit

Mesfin did not have any money, but he did have one resource not available to most refugees-a family member already settled in Kenya. “I go to the city and I ask this guy ‘you know him?’, and he said no, so I go to next guy, restaurant owner, and I say ‘you know him?’” He had found his uncle in a matter of hours.


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Identity
The political mosh pit and the nation of immigrants

Why does our political mosh pit need so badly to dishonor her, and terrorize those – children and adults – who’ve lived here for five years or more and yearn to breathe free and stay?


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Good Question
What is the first day for a refugee like?

For refugees entering the U.S. for the first time, the first few days run the gamut of emotions. From learning how to use the appliances in their apartment to navigating a new transit system, their first day in the States is the beginning of a journey to rebuild their lives.

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