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True Immigrant Stories

by Immigrants' List

With so much emphasis being placed on the number of illegal immigrants in the United States or how much money immigrants supposedly cost the economy, there has been a lack of a human face on this issue.

The stories below come from visa holders, illegal immigrants, and US citizens from across the country. The common thread is that all have been hurt by our current immigration system. More must be done to ensure that Congress sees immigration not as a statistic, but as something that affects tens of millions of people every day, people like:

Maria - Phoenix, AZ

My mom met my dad here in the United States, they lived together for a while, then my mom got pregnant with me... Read More

Melany Hansen - Oakton, VA

I have 4 children, two of which are adopted from Guatemala. I was introduced to a young woman and I'd like to share her story with you and ask for your advice to her... Read More

Alex - Jeffersonville, IN

My mother decided to leave our country because of the deaths in her family. she had lost her father, mother, and 2 brothers. she wanted to.. forget.. we came here as a family of 3, my mother, sister and i. i was brought to the u.s. at 12 years of age and had no idea what awaited me later in my life... Read More

Kavi - San Jose, CA

The Immigration system is so broken here - that people like my husband, who is still on an H1-B visa after 8 years of having worked in the United States, spend tens of thousands of dollars trying to obtain a Green card and then several H1-B extensions... Read More

Kanwaldeep Arneja - North Billerica, MA

I came to US in 2003. I have struggled, worked my way up in the company, played by the rules and have given my best to assimilate in this country. Out of many countries I could immigrate to, I chose US for many reasons. But the top reason was its warmth towards immigrants and its genuine promise that if you work hard, there are opportunities and then no limits... Read More

About The Author

Immigrants' List, the bipartisan political action committee dedicated to meaningful immigration reform, launched its website last month - Since then, Immigrants' List has begun collecting the immigration stories of those who visit the site. To read other stories or share your own, visit By doing so, we can begin to put a face on the immigration debate.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.