Editor's note: November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Here, Michaela Pereira of CNN's "New Day" and "@THIS HOUR" shares the story of growing up in a family of five adopted girls in Canada and her eventual reunion with her biological half-sister, Marnie. Marnie describes the shock of finding out she had a sister and the long road to building a strong relationship. And Michaela's adoptive mother, Ainslie, offers her perspective on taking in children in need of a loving home. Tune in to "New Day" on Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET to hear more from Michaela, and then watch "@THIS HOUR" at 11:30 a.m. ET to meet her adoptive mother and sister.
(CNN) - Michaela: Growing up in our house there was no way to get around the topic of adoption. All five of the kids in my family, all girls, are adopted. One look at us, and you knew this was a different kind of family.
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The President unveils his immigration plan. The U.S. fears China could take down the nation's power grid. And Bill Cosby is hit with more allegations.
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Unilateral changes: As promised, the White House unveiled President Obama's new immigration plan - one that shields five million undocumented immigrants. The executive action is the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades and comes despite Republican claims he is acting illegally by making the unilateral move. Obama rejected accusations that he is offering a free pass to undocumented immigrants and warned in his prime-time address that he would boost border security and make it harder for unauthorized outsiders to get into the country. Republicans are hopping mad and the president's decision won't do anything to thaw chilly relations on Capitol Hill.