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Refugees who have settled in Chicago feel gratitude, guilt amid immigration crackdowns

Any day now, Baraa Haj Khalaf will give birth to a baby boy, who will enter this world with the freedom and opportunity his refugee family has worked hard to attain.

The baby, due Aug. 2, will be born an American citizen, while his parents - who came to the U.S. in February 2017 after fleeing war-torn Syria - still await their green cards. He and his almost 3-year-old sister, Sham, will grow up speaking English, as their parents, aunt and uncles painstakingly learn the language and accent one class at a time at a local community college.

And he likely will sleep at night without the nightmares that torment his parents about homes being bombed, food lines at Turkish refugee camps, and leaving family and friends behind.

"I'm very happy to have a baby boy to

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