How We Got Here | KCUR

How We Got Here

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Those are words etched on the Statue of Liberty, an icon of our nation's immigrant heritage. But its message barely skims the surface of the various reasons why people migrate to the United States. Today, we dive deeper by listening to Americans — with roots from across the globe — share their personal stories about how they got here.


  • Nabil Haddad, owner, Winstead's
  • Ilya Papinako, KC resident, immigrant from Russia
  • Lisandra Garcia, DACA student, pre-law at KCK Community College
  • Sara Pitia, KC resident, refugee from Sudan
  • Sylvia Maria Gross, senior producer, Central Standard