Category Archives: Immigration

If they stay, parents can’t work; if they go, daughter’s treatment ends

by Rebecca Rosen Lum
McClatchy-Tribune Business News+

Nov. 4–Pixieish, long-haired and gregarious, Isabel Bueso, 11, wants to be a dancer and has a ballerina’s extension to prove it.

Since she came to the United States from her native Guatemala, Isabel has tried horseback riding and ice skating. She names five best friends from her fifth-grade class at Lafayette Elementary School.

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‘The Journey of Not Coming Back’

By Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times

Of the millions of Iraqi refugees seeking new homes, relatively few are making their way to the United States — and just a trickle reach the Bay Area.

They arrive exhausted and stunned, having seen their homes smashed to rubble, and relatives beaten or shot to death.

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Christian family abandons homeland amid strife

by Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times

Life in Fallujah was already dangerous before Samiya Bashir, her three daughters and son learned American and Iraqi forces would soon converge on their neighborhood.

Men with unfamiliar accents would stop them in their car and demand to know why the women didn’t cover their heads. One day, two men sideswiped them, forced them to stop and tried to pull one of the women from the car.

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War-scarred children embrace new life

by Rebecca Rosen Lum 
Contra Costa Times

Kate’s smooth brow buckles when she thinks about the soldiers who muscled their way into the house where she lived with her grandmother — plundering belongings, forcing their attentions on her and ordering the two to prepare meals.

“The soldiers make me too sad,” said Kate, who is a member of a discriminated-against ethnic minority group in her native Myanmar. “I don’t like.”

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