VOX ATL reporter Emma MacDonald attends immigration-themed art show and was lucky enough for many of the teens and professional artists present to be able to share their personal stories with her.
VOX ATL visited with a group of young people working International Rescue Committee this summer. In the time we spent together, three IRC participants wrote and shared about their experiences in America.
I’d heard about deportation and immigration, especially after president Trump’s controversial stance on immigration. “These aren’t people. These are animals” is what our 45th president said at the California Sanctuary State Roundtable in 2018. I was shocked that he would let those words fall out of his mouth.
“Hamilton” has a diverse cast, even Alexander Hamilton himself is a person of color. The only white people are the dancers and King George. But in real life, none of these were people of color. Just because they chose actors who look like me doesn’t make me relate to the characters more.
through some perfect alignment in the stars of the universe, I found myself sitting last Tuesday night, May 22, under the lights of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre seeing the Broadway production of “Hamilton,” a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda with a racially diverse cast that translates the story of America’s conception into rap.
How can you completely let go of the only people who speak and look and party like you, especially when there are only a few in a place that is so unfamiliar?
“Hey, teens, I know that we are in a very sensitive position right now…” Teens from different organizations share advice about living in the U.S. as immigrants today. Says one teen: “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself…”
The RAISE Act would favor highly skilled immigrants and their immediate family for the purposes of economic improvement for the American people. However, research suggests that these actions would have a negative effect on our economy.
At first, people kept asking me why I came to the United States. Then, it was so hard for me to answer them why, but now I can answer them without hesitation. I will just simply tell them that it is because I want a better life.
Getting to the U.S. was just the start of a never-ending journey that will continue for my a lifetime. Being fortunate enough to receive the opportunity of coming to a country some people can only dream of sets up a lot of pressure to succeed.