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Faces of Immigration

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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 includes 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 many different parts of 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 countries such as China, India, the Philippines, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Cuba, to name a few.

Immigrants are diverse and their stories are different, but they 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 love this country.

To read and listen to their stories click on the links below:

Afraid, but not ashamed

Amnesty changes life and future

Citizenship a life-long journey

Happy in America

Immigration ‘ball and chain’

U.S. citizen speaks out

A green card makes all the difference

 

If you are an immigrant and would like to share your story, please contact us via e-mail at kokopellies-nmsu@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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