The first family is from Cuba, consisting of a husband, wife, and their adult son. This is a family reunification case. The wife’s parents live in Arizona and it took 2 years to petition to ensure the whole family could be resettled together. The husband finished middle school and worked in construction. The mother finished High School and worked in the dental field. The are awaiting their employment documentation so they can start work here.
The second family is from Afghanistan, consisting of a mother and 4 children (ages 21, 19, 12 and 7). The mother was a language teacher in Afghanistan. Their father was killed in Afghanistan so they fled to Pakistan where they lived for 2 years. They were originally resettled to Michigan, but there was not a large Afghani community and poor transportation, so they decided to come to Arizona. They are happy here, but say it is very hot compared to Afghanistan. The oldest son worked in a store in Pakistan, and is now working at the airport for a car rental company. He would like to go to school to become a doctor. The oldest daughter would like to become a teacher. Both of the adult children speak English fairly well. The 2 younger children will be attending school soon and already enjoy the friends they’ve made at their apartment complex.
The third family is from Iraq, consisting of a mother and her 3 sons ages 21, 16 and 8. The father was killed in Iraq so the mother left with her boys to Turkey, where she lived until being resettled here. The oldest son has already begun working and the two younger sons are attending school. The mother is focusing on learning English. She also has a married daughter living in Iraq and another married daughter who lives in Turkey.