Immigration Issues Affecting the Ghanaian Community in Uptown, Chicago.

By: Nana Aduba-Amoah

For my final project I wanted to write an article focusing on how immigration issues have affected ethnic groups that aren’t always highlighted in the media.  According to this article by the Chicago Tribune, during the 1990s, the number of African immigrants in Chicago increased to what is now about 42,300, and Chicago now bears the fifth-largest African population. Most of the city’s African immigrant population is situated on the north side of Chicago, in areas like Uptown and Edgewater. Some East African refugees also live in these neighborhood because of its proximity to social service agencies. Uptown Chicago now bears a huge Ghanaian community, and is home to those Ghanaians who came to the United States as first-family immigrants, and have remained undocumented citizens trying to fight the complex immigration system put into place.

This article highlights the economic issues faced by African and Hispanic immigrants who are working hard to build their futures. The new immigration reform legislation could help expedite the process, grant citizenship to about 11 million undocumented immigrants, and give “dreamers” — or young, undocumented immigrants– the chance to earn their green card in about five years. Most importantly, it could help support the increasing number of immigrants coming to the “land of the free” to bask in the American dream that they’ve traveled across seas and borders for.


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