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.
DACA recipient Sofia Rivera is setting off on a path that Victor Martell has walked before her. Martell, a Salvadoran living and working in Chicago, was granted Temporary Protected Status 11 years ago, and he still feels in limbo.
The opportunity to escape war-torn Yugoslavia came through Danche Ivanovic’s son, who at 11 was the youngest guitar player to ever be admitted to the Mozarteum in Austria.
Lola Velasco traveled to her former school in Quito to walk the very halls she once walked through, hoping to find the books she’d left so many years ago – perhaps finding them still open, untouched, awaiting her return.
In one Chicago-area family, two siblings are in the process of securing DACA approval to work, go to school and avoid deportation for two years. The Parra family has much to celebrate this holiday season; a judge tossed out their father’s deportation thanks to the testimony of their younger brother.
17-year-old DACA recipient Maria Sanchez can now drive legally. Thousands of others await action by the Illinois legislature that could extend a similar privilege to all undocumented immigrants in the state.
She’s adamant that she will never return to Iraq. The violence may pass over time, but the memory that the people who robbed her home were her neighbors will not.
When Danut Mitroi was informed he’d won the United States Diversity Visa Lottery, he and his wife “began to sing the song the Romanian soccer team sung when they…were going to the World Cup.”