This week, State of Opportunity explored the history of immigration policy in the U.S. and looked at what life is like for undocumented immigrants in Michigan in our documentary Out From the Shadows.
While there's been heated debate over immigration reform in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, the truth is that America has always been a nation of immigrants. It's one of the things that defines our national identity. From the Founding Fathers to our next door neighbors, most American families originally came from somewhere else.
And the stories of how we ended up in Michigan are as varied as the around 9.9 million people who call the Mitten State home.
You can share the story of your family's immigrant roots by filling out the form below. And explore other Michiganders' stories by clicking on the map at the top of this post.