Define American

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  • "A Life Lived In Fear Is A Life Half Lived"

    | Anonymous

    I'm Ellie. Both of my parents came to the United States illegally, and a couple of years ago, my parents both risked deportation. It was a terrible time because it happened while I was studying abroad. I remember getting to the airport, back home in DC, and not knowing whether my parents would be there to take me home.

    It is absurd that in 2012 our country can…

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  • Land of Fairytales Come True.

    | Anonymous

    My family immigrated from South Korea to the United States when I was seven years old.

    I thought I was going to live in a Disney castle. When my parents first announced that we would be “visiting” our aunt and uncle in California, I was excited. I told all my friends that I was going to go to Disneyland and eat hamburgers everyday though I was told not…

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  • Legal Immigration Has Failed Me and My Family

    | Anonymous

    After 10 years of living legally in the US, paying my taxes, contributing to society at every level I have been told that I am not able to stay and must leave everything I have achieved here, remove my children from High School and University and lose everything I have invested here. It makes no sense to me. And certainly doesn't Define what being an America means to me.

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  • American by Water, Blood, and Desire

    | Anonymous

    Most of my ancestors came to American by 1700. So you could say they were American by crossing the waters of the ocean. My grandfather always said, when our ancestors came across the ocean, the other half were here to meet them. This half were the Cherokee people who intermarried with them.

    Then during the Revolutionary War, many of my ancestors were patriots who pledged their blood for…

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  • Construction Workers

    | Anonymous

    I know many construction workers who came to America from Mexico. They are helping to build America, not blow it up! Wake up America! The majority of folks who get here want to realize the dream just like us who were born here. Stop playing God! There is enough success for everyone to enjoy. Let's share it :)

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