Bertha Mejia came to the United States 30 years ago, but immigration officials only recently caught up with her. She has family here, roots, but because of some shoplifting and a DUI, she's facing the possibility of deportation.
As Congress considers immigration reform, there are questions about the rising number of undocumented immigrants held in detention centers. Critics say we should consider alternatives, especially for immigrants who haven't committed violent crimes.
Among California's burgeoning Middle Eastern population, not everything is well. Many of the newest immigrants, refugees, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But cultural stereotypes make them loath to get the help they need.
Thousands of Middle Eastern refugees resettle in California each year. Many come traumatized by memories of violence and persecution. They struggle with depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder while trying to navigate a new life in a foreign land.
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