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CMU photojournalism students profile immigrants

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Emily Mesner and some of her Central Michigan University classmates shadowed immigrants.

“Showing their struggles and life in America now,” Mesner said.

They took thousands of picture of their daily lives.

“I was really nervous. Because when you say, hey, I want to follow you around for a week and a half and take photos every day, and stay at your house to capture moments that some people don't want to see,” Mesner said.

Under the guidance photographer Danny Wilcox Frazier, Mesner profiled a migrant family from Afghanistan. She said this project shed some light on Immigrants in a good way.

“I'm very pro-immigration, but even with that mindset. I learned so much from that family in a week and a half,” Mesner said.

Photojournalism students at CMU were picked to be a part of this project. And they said that what you they learned from with this will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

“They are just trying to do what we are trying to do: work, go to school, make a life and be happy,” Clarissa Williams said.

Williams and classmate Claire Abendroth profiled a family that works seven days a week just to get by.

Abendroth said she believes we should all try to relate more to these new people coming to this country.

“The most important thing is that people hear about people immigrating here. Hear the stories.  And learn about them and not just generalizing people that come here,” Abendroth said.

According to Mesner and her classmates not only did this special project sharpen their skills, it also opened their minds.

“It just opened my eyes to a whole other side of it. So even if people are set in their ways, in one opinion, I think seeing these and seeing that these are families and seeing these are real people is so important,” Mesner said.

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