The Immigration Project

Serving downstate Illinois with immigrant legal services.

Immigrant Stories

Our Immigration Stories: Immigration Project Intern Abigaelle Ngamboma

Whether they came over the Bering Strait, on the Mayflower, or are first generation Americans, our staff and volunteers are guided by their own immigration stories in everything that they do serving immigrants in downstate Illinois. These are the immigration stories of our agency. This is Abigaelle ... Read more...

Our Immigration Stories: Thalia Novoa, Volunteer Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA

Whether they came over the Bering Strait, on the Mayflower, or are first generations Americans, our staff and volunteers are guided by their own immigration stories in everything that they do in serving immigrants in downstate Illinois. These are the immigration stories of our agency. This is ... Read more...

Our Immigration Stories: Rebekah Niblock Staff Attorney

Whether they came over the Bering Strait, the Mayflower, or are first generation Americans, our staff and volunteers are guided by their own immigration stories in everything that they do in serving immigrants in downstate Illinois. These are the immigration stories of our agency. This is Rebekah ... Read more...

U.S. Veteran Becomes a U.S. Citizen

Saul Albanán Navarrete was one of our New Americans Initiative (NAI) clients that we helped naturalize last year. Saul has lived in the U.S. for over 27 years and served in the U.S. Armed Forces as a Colonel. He received a medal of honor for his service at his oath ceremony. He wrote his case ... Read more...

A Citizen Unknown

Meet Ziyad. Unknowingly Ziyad became a U.S. citizen when his parents naturalized in the 1970s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idLNLjZ9328&feature=youtu.be This is the second video of our client series. ... Read more...

An American Dream Gone Wrong

Meet Komi and his family. He came here from Togo 7 years ago with a master's degree only to find that the American jobs he was qualified for wouldn't acknowledge it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_HcN8Da0Yk This is the first video of our series of client stories. ... Read more...

Story of Courage, Resilience, and Persistence

 At 20 years old, María came to the United States with her infant daughter. Her family had been coming to the United States as seasonal field workers in California, but María had always stayed in Mexico. This resulted in her mother, father and six of her siblings qualifying for Legal Permanent ... Read more...

The Immigration Project got its first Form I-212 approval, which will allow a husband and father, who has waited in Mexico for 10 years, to finally join his family in the U.S.  He will be joining his U.S. citizen wife and two U.S. citizen daughters, who he has been living separated from since 2006. ... Read more...

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New U.S. Citizen Cast His First Vote

Pablo Varela, a native of Mexico, became a U.S. citizen on November 1, 2013, and voted in his first election in March.  When asked why he wanted to become a U.S. citizen, Mr. Varela responded, "I wanted to be able to vote.  It’s important for me because I have lived here many many years with my ... Read more...

New U.S. Citizen in Sterling, IL

I want to let you know why I decide to become a US citizen. Two years ago, when I moved to Sterling, IL, I started to hear about places where I could get help to become a citizen. I decided to go to the Sauk Valley Community College to begin the process through the Immigration Project. Lastly, ... Read more...

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