Immigrant Tales

Undocumented Urge Pols To Defend DACA

by Jon Greenberg | Jul 24, 2017 7:50 am | Comments (3)

Jon Greenberg Photo “I grew up in this country undocumented. I grew up in the shadows before DACA,” Isabella Ceballos recounted, her voice breaking with emotion. “I was 15 when my family received our permanent residency … and once I was eligible to be a citizen, I almost didn’t want it. A part of me was so angry. And then I realized that I had to do it, because I saw so many people still in the shadows.”

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Cristian Comes Home

by Lucy Gellman | Jun 29, 2017 7:45 am

Lucy Gellman Photo After a whirlwind day in court in Hartford, raising bail in New Haven, then heading back up to a detention center in Massachusetts, immigration reform activists welcomed Cristian Coyazatl Sampedro home Wednesday night and vowed to continue helping other local people facing deportation.

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New Haven, Changsha Sign Sister-City Pact

by Allan Appel | Jun 22, 2017 3:00 pm

Allan Appel Photo The half-Chinese and half-African-American McCollum sisters have been speaking Cantonese at home all their lives. Thursday morning they put their linguistic talents to inspirational use, only they had to switch to Mandarin, the national dialect of China.

The sisters were part of the cultural program on the occasion of formal signing ceremonies marking Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, becoming New Haven’s eighth sister city.

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Young Refugees Find Their Key

by Lucy Gellman | Jun 2, 2017 7:09 am | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo Something decidedly unquiet was transpiring in the Fair Haven branch library community room. Chins pressed themselves to chinrests. Tiny hands gingerly gripped equally tiny bows. A few feet spread out on the sun-bathed carpet, getting in position.

The room exploded in Pachelbel’s Canon. A handful of parents glued their eyes to the gaggle of youngsters before them.

The group wasn’t just playing together for the first time. Several of them were playing publicly for the first time in the United States.

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