Edwin Egbejimba put in the time and had the will, yet he was only able to achieve two of his dreams: getting an education and having children. Everything in the middle, for some reason or another, didn’t work out as planned.
Thoung Shwe hails from Burma (now Myanmar), a country where people’s first and last names are indivisible yet civil war has rendered the country divided between the Burmese majority and the persecuted Karen ethnic minority, to which he belongs.
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.
For Mariya, discrimination based on her Christian faith is a topic that often lurked close to home, especially after her two cousins, Remon and Admon, were kidnapped and presumably killed by Muslim terrorists.
The barrier to entry into the United States frequently comes in the form of one’s own immune system for refugees seeking resettlement in the United States. U.S. law stipulates that resettlement exists as a humanitarian policy for individuals who have faced or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular political group. But not all refugees fitting these criteria will be eligible for resettlement.