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Deportation threatens American dreams

By Viola Du
Medill Reports

Living with a loving wife, two daughters, a cat and a dog in a house he owns in Berwyn, Donald Ortega achieved all the dreams he could imagine when he first crossed the border and came to the United States.

Ortega, 34, is Salvadoran and a beneficiary of the Temporary Protected Status program. He arrived in America when he was 16, learned English and worked multiple jobs over the years. In 2007, Ortega married Karol, a Mexican American and she gave birth to their daughters Michelle and Emily.

“I’m living as an American,” Ortega said. “Just living the American dream until –  until just now, I would say.”

On January 8, President Donald Trump’s administration announced that it will end the Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have come to the United States since 2001.

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South African school children celebrate Chinese New Year

By Viola Du
Medill Reports

Sounds of drums, singing and kids’ laughter came out of a corner of Pretoria Chinese School of Gauteng Province. Dozens of children dressed in red gathered in the concert hall on Feb 15, getting ready for the Chinese New Year celebration.

Chinese New Year celebration and performances at the school is a tradition since the school was founded in 1934. Teachers and students usually work together and put on shows that often represent Chinese traditional culture.

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Photo at top: Students at the Pretoria Chinese School of Gauteng Province celebrate Chinese New Year. (Viola Du/MEDILL)