immigrant students


This community did the sweetest thing to support local immigrant and refugee kids who are feeling freaked out by Donald Trump’s travel ban

At International Community School in Decatur, GA, half of the students are immigrants or refugees. When Donald Trump was elected in November, several teachers and the principal worried that many of the kids would be sent back to their home countries. So a few parents and kids decided to make signs with welcoming messages and post them in front of the school as a show of solidarity.

Images: Twitter/World Health News

Scenes from the Women’s March on Washington: women, men, girls, boys, trans people, old, young, black, white, brown, Asian, gay, straight, sighted, blind, babies in strollers, people in wheelchairs, people with walkers, immigrants, second-generationers, students, Canadians, Muslims, Jews, Rosie the Riveters, Princess Leias, everybody coming from everywhere. Because what can you do but try to stay sane and fight like hell for what life is all about?

See more photos from the Women’s March on Washington here.
U. Michigan Defies Trump by Refusing to Release Students’ Immigration Status
In the wake of the recent immigration ban by the Trump administration, there is worry among many international and undocumented students of their status in this country on whether they will be able to continue studying in their respective universities. Trump’s order bans the issuing of visas and other immigration benefits to “nationals of particular concern” for […]
Good Manners: Shaking Hands & Punctuality in Germany

The shaking of hands. Germans are great hand-shakers, and they like to do so both when arriving and when departing. Between younger people or family members, there may also be hugging or kisses on the cheek. It’s common for a person who is joining a group to shake hands with every single individual, acknowledging everyone - this is definitely true in a formal dinner party or business context. Eye contact while shaking hands and a firm handshake are also important. Don’t look away or shake hands like a dead fish. ;)

The importance of being on time. In Germany, do NOT turn up late for a formal appointment or when meeting people, it’s considered rude to make people wait for your glorious presence. Germans generally are very punctual, lateness can offend. Be 5-10 minutes early for important appointments and be sure to call the people you are meeting if you really cannot make it in time - but have a good reason. Obviously, being slightly late isn’t as dramatic between friends or family as it would be in a business or other official context. Being up to 15 minutes late is considered “okay”, anything beyond that is rude without a good reason.

Today I rushed to one of my elementary schools because parents had heard that ICE was outside of the school. I brought my “Know Your RIghts” packets, business cards that talk about knowing your right to remain silent and a pack of emergency safety plans. And I brought them to a principal who was in tears. She was literally in tears because her parents did not want to leave campus because they were afraid that ICE would take them away from their children. And I’m thinking on my way back to my campus, “Why am I doing this? What kind of world do I live in where I share tears with administration and parents because they are scared that they will be separated from their children because they aren’t the right color? 

And then I got back to my office to talk to a mom whose husband and two brothers were picked up on Friday. And she hasn’t left the house since Friday and her son is scared to walk to school. School is safe…no one can get him…but how do I respond to a mother who is afraid for her son to walk to school because ICE may take him? What do I say? What do I do?

Meet the immigrant teen who just got into all 8 Ivies

Harold Ekeh is a senior at Elmont High School on Long Island, New York, and this spring his mailbox overflowed with positive offers for the future. Ekeh, who immigrated to America with his parents from Nigeria eight years ago, was accepted to every single college he applied to — including all eight Ivy League universities. His story and what he plans to do after college will make you admire him even more.

i was filling out an application for a lgbtq+ scholarship and i noticed allies could apply too


but why
they aren’t queer or trans lol
that’s like me applying for a scholarship for immigrant students bc i think they deserve the same rights as us

why include supporters of these people, like thanks for not wanting us dead but you arent one of us lol

that’s like a white person applying for a scholarship for black students bc they believe black lives matter

doesn’t make much sense, does it?

The Truth Behind Stereotypes

While preparing for my next patient I read in her previous note that she “ a Vietnamese immigrant who works at a nail salon.”  I stifled a laugh as I recalled Dat Phan’s comedy bit on the Vietnamese taking over the U.S. one foot at a time.  I mentally scolded myself as I tried to dismiss my racist stereotype.  Yet, you cannot deny that this is one stereotype that frequently plays true. 

She smiled as I entered the room, remaining patient as I fumbled with the pronunciation of her name.  After exchanging pleasantries we discussed her reasons for coming in: a lingering cold and a skin lesion.  I noted that she had missed multiple appointments prior to this, failing to get follow up labs from over a year ago.  She blamed this on her busy schedule, caring for two children and working full-time.  For providers the chronically busy patient can seem as frustrating as the chronically sick patient.

Next we proceeded into her exam.  The stigmata for bacterial infection were conspicuously absent.  I described my findings to her, watching her mood deflate slightly when I explained that antibiotics would not help.  I continued to work my way down her body in a systematic exam, explaining as I went.  As I came to her hands I winced.  The skin was thickened, dried, and cracked.  My hands began to hurt in sympathy.

“Tell me about your hands,” I said.

She responded in deeply accented English that her hands became like this after working with the nail chemicals all day. 

“And do you like this job?” I asked.

“I hate it,” she responded.  I continued to inquire why, if she hated her job and it hurt her skin in such a terrible way, she did not seek other employment. 

“In my country I was a nurse.  But here I would have to start schooling over.  It would take twice as long because I would first have to take English classes.” She continued to explain that when coming over, many Vietnamese people worked in nail salons because that is where other Vietnamese people worked.  In other words, it was one of the few places they could get a foot in the door as untrained workers who barely spoke discernible English.  Suddenly the Dat Phan comedy bit seemed a lot less funny.

“Why come to the U.S.?”  I asked.  “If you were a nurse in Vietnam, why immigrate to a place with few job opportunities.”

Her answer?  She makes more here as a nail technician than a nurse in Vietnam, meaning she can send money to her family at home.  And being here gives her two teenage children a better opportunity for employment as they grow up.  In short, this woman gave up a job she enjoyed, to work in conditions she hates, in order for her family to have opportunities she never could.

Long after I wrote her note and sent her on her way, my Vietnamese patient lingered in my mind.  Interestingly, the more I thought the more I realized she did fit into a stereotype, although I had placed her in the wrong one.  Perhaps it is partially true to think that many Vietnamese immigrants are nail technicians.  But I think the better way to look at immigrants, in all flavors, is with the lens of selfless hope they often bring with them, rather than the employment circumstances they often find themselves in.  She, like the most tremendous among us, gave up her life goals in order to propel her family into a new socioeconomic class.  That to me doesn’t fit the image the media promotes for immigrants, but rather the image I think of when I see working class mothers struggling for their family’s sake.  And I think that stereotype, an example of the best that people have to offer, is a stereotype I can live with.
Anti-Semitism Has Emerged From The Shadows, And It's Not Going Back
Happy Kristallnacht anniversary.
By Doree Shafrir

I was going to talk about this in a separate post, but this article seems the right place.

I got to campus today to see devastation on the faces of my classmates, many of whom are immigrants here on student visas and are now terrified about both their status and what their lives will be like living here. My closest friends in this program are Mexican, Cuban, Jewish, and Indian and we are all scared.

But what I’ve noticed is that with some people, especially one specific very social-justice-oriented white woman, I’m only an ally. That’s what she thanked me for today. Being a “good ally.” And I am and will continue to be there for my friends who are LGBTQ, Muslim, Latinx, Black, Brown, etc. But being Jewish means that I’m not just an ally. I’m also a target. And I know enough to understand that I’m only white until I’m not. My fear is for my friends and loved ones, yes, but it’s for myself, too.

Day Thirty-Five

Today Donald Trump had a rough day with 11 million undocumented immigrants and transgender students. He had a bright idea to trample on human rights by implying to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, regardless of their nationality, to Mexico, and also by repealing rules on bathroom for transgender persons. Even Mike Pence acted more presidential with manufacturers while they did group projects about American economy…

so I just watched the second Night at the Museum movie for the first time yesterday (almost a decade late, whoops)

and like

has anyone ever explored that ending and what it implies? that at least some, if not all, of the characters were reincarnated at some point like Amelia?

what if somewhere in Asia, there’s a reincarnated Attila? Another Octavius running around in Italy? Jedidiah doing his cowboy thing somewhere in the southern US? what if a reincarnated Sacagawea is living on a reservation somewhere? what if a reincarnated Teddy is still flirting with her?

what if one day at his job as a teacher, Larry notices an immigrant student from Egypt who looks exactly like Ahkmenrah and has to stutter out an apology when the kid notices him gawking?

is this a thing? because it should be a thing.

I'm really heartbroken and disgusted

My friend, an immigrant from Burma, texted me asking if I was going to school tomorrow. I think she forgets that I’m American, but she said she had heard rumors that there’s going to be people in the school that are going to “catch the immigrants and send back to their country.” The rumors had come from her English as a New Language class and even from her mother’s English class. I tried to tell her that it was just an empty threat and that those sort of things never happen, but I still gave her the attendance hotline number and will likely not see her tomorrow.

As the child of an immigrant and a friend to many immigrants, this is absolutely heartbreaking. My friend and her family have legally lived in America for over two years, yet they are fearing that someone is going to break into the school and “catch” all the immigrants. Just that word alone disturbs me.

No one who comes to this country seeking freedom and opportunity should fear to go to school. That goes against so many founding ideals of our nation and even the concept of the American Dream. We shouldn’t allow fear of that Dream being taken away stop students from going to school. Stay safe, everyone.