Faces of Immigration
According to the Center for American Progress, there are approximately 43.3 million foreign-born people living in the United States in 2017.
The foreign-born population comprises 20.7 million naturalized U.S. citizens and 22.6 million non-citizens. Of those, around 13.1 million are lawful permanent residents and 11.1 million are unauthorized migrants.
Immigrants come from all over the world. It is estimated that 26.9 percent of the foreign-born population living in the U.S. today is from Mexico. The rest come from China, India, the Philippines, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Cuba, to name only a few.
U.S. Immigrants are diverse and their stories are different, but they all have something in common: they dream of a better life and most of them want to contribute to America.
The stories in this on-going project titled “Faces of Immigration” attempt to reflect this diversity. These immigrants shared their stories and their dreams. They want to have a voice in the current debate on immigration because, after all, the majority of them truly love this country.
To read and listen to their stories, click on the thumbnails below:
Green card makes all the difference
Immigration ‘ball and chain’
Happy in America
Citizenship a life-long journey
Amnesty changes life and future
U.S. citizen speaks out
Afraid, but not ashamed