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Roundy Elementary School District family liaison Biak Thang speaks during an interview in Columbus Junction, Iowa on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Thang fled Myanmar to Malaysia in 2005 to avoid religious persecution and military rule that prevented gathering after 9 p.m. After being accepted to resettle in the United States, he left for North Carolina in 2008, where he worked at a furniture factory. He was reunited there with his wife, who had been jailed for six months after illegally entering Thailand. "When I got here, I felt relief. Everything is new for me. It's a new beginning of life," he says. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)