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Hello, my name is Maiga and I’m an immigrant. This month is National Immigrant Heritage month and to celebrate I’ve decided to do a year-long project on the vibrant immigrant community in the U.S. I hope to learn a lot about myself and others who also feel like outsiders looking in, no matter where they’re from. 

If you or your family are immigrants living in the US, and you want to be part of this project, please contact me - I’d love to include you. We are like wildflowers - we will survive (thrive even!) anywhere there is a little sun. I’m very excited (and scared) to start on this journey! 💛

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Ellen DeGeneres presented this Muslim refugee with a check for her student debt

  • On Friday’s episode of The Ellen Show, DeGeneres read a letter from Muslim refugee Ekhlas Ahmed, who shared her story of coming to the U.S. unable to learn English and eventually learning the language by watching DeGeneres’ daytime show and transcribing everything she said.

  • DeGeneres brought a tearful Ahmed, who is now a graduate student, activist and high school English teacher, onto the stage to speak with her after reading the letter Ahmed wrote to her. Read more. (2/18/17, 1:53 PM)
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NEW VIDEO: “A Matter of Life or Death: LGBTQ+ Refugees”: Being LGBTQ+ in the United States can definitely be difficult, but in some countries around the world you can go to jail or even be killed if you are out of the closet. For part 5 of my Pride Month series, “Chosen Family: Stories of Queer Resilience,” I met two incredible members of our community, Shadi (from Syria) and Sharifa (from Uganda) who went to incredible lengths to flee their home countries to avoid persecution. You’ll love them.

If you are or know anyone who is at an airport:

DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR GREENCARD OR OTHER PAPERS! YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEMAND THEM BACK.

DO NOT SIGN FORM I-407! YOU WOULD BE WILLINGLY ABANDONING YOUR PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS.

TRUST NO IMMIGRATION OFFICER OR ENFORCER.


ACLU HAS SENT OUT LAWYERS. MAKE SURE YOU GET ONE.

Please protect yourself.

EDIT: Also, if you’re a green card resident who is a citizen of or from IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:

Please make sure you DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RE-ENTER THE COUNTRY.

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Meet Mona Haydar, a Muslim poet rockin’ her hijab in an empowering music video

  • Mona Haydar is a pregnant Syrian poet and she’s rockin’ her hijab.
  • In honor of Muslim Women’s Day, Haydar released her first single and music video “Hijabi” on Monday. 
  • The video featured numerous women — from diverse ethnic backgrounds — donning hijabs and dancing to the beat of her track.
  • The video provides a powerful counter-narrative to how Muslim women are perceived — often as oppressed or terror-prone — in the United States and other Western countries. 
  • Haydar’s lyrics, unapologetic in their delivery, serve as an anthem of resistance for Muslim women around the world. Read more. (3/31/17, 11:45 AM) 
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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.

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