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.
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.
“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.
Maya Cohen’s emigration has been filled with experiences that pull her toward or push her away from her home country of Israel
Since becoming friends in high school, I had never seen her struggle with language.
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.
Jennifer Zamora-Cisneros could not wait any longer to get her son’s hair trimmed. She had hoped that her husband would…
“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.
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.
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?
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.