18 Immigrants Share Their Complex Feelings About Being Foreign-Born

"I'm grateful yet sometimes I feel like I don't belong here."

"My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants," President Obama said in a 2014 speech on immigration. His speech was intended as a reminder of the country's history of embracing outsiders, a history unfortunately often left out in today's political discourse.

In 2014, the United States immigrant population amounted to more than 42.4 million (13.3 percent) of the total U.S. population. Unfortunately, the debate surrounding immigration policy sometimes fails to take into account the diversity of personal experiences, instead reducing the tens of millions of immigrants to numbers and statistics.

Through the Whisper app, 18 immigrants share their feelings about being a foreign-born person in this country, revealing how truly complex and multifarious the immigrant experience is.

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