Stories

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Every day, CDC’s work is protecting Americans and making a difference in the lives of millions of people all over the world. Read our stories to learn more about DGMQ’s real-world impact.

One Refugee’s Experience
Refugees line up with suitcases to board an airplane.

It is a chilly morning in Nairobi, Kenya, but adults and children alike are bundled up and waiting patiently with their suitcases. Amina and her family are several of those waiting to relocate to the United States. Each year, close to 50,000 refugees and 500,000 immigrants come to the United States from around the world. Learn about Amina’s journey to the United States and how DGMQ works to protect and improve the health of immigrants, U.S. bound refugees, and migrants through domestic and overseas programs.

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Illegal Puppies
illegal puppies

At New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), the belly of the Boeing passenger jet opened to reveal the cargo hold filled with stacked crates of whimpering dogs, many more than usual. All were young puppies—most too young to leave their mothers—cowering and huddling in their cages, shivering while covered in their own waste after their long international flight. Learn more about CDC’s public health officers and veterinarian’s role in this response.

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Welcoming New Arrivals
Perry Camagong, Quarantine Officer at the Los Angeles Quarantine Station, processing immigrant paperwork

Arnold Vang, one of CDC’s quarantine officers in Minneapolis-St. Paul knows firsthand what it’s like to be a refugee. Arnold and his family came to the United States in 1976 from Laos. Today, with 1 billion people crossing international borders each year, we are more connected than ever before.  That’s why CDC’s Quarantine Stations and having Q-station staff like Arnold who understand and respect the many emotions, challenges, and transitions experienced by refugees and immigrants, are so important. Learn more about how U.S. Quarantine Stations welcome new arrivals and protect the health of immigrants, refugees, and U.S. communities.

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