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  • American Nomad

    | Anonymous

    There's always an awkward pause when someone casually asks me where I'm from. It would be easier to answer what I am, that would get the one word answer: American! But where I'm from? That will take me a minute or two.

    I was born in Saudi Arabia, where my parents (both U.S. citizens) were working for an oil company as English teachers. In the picture I uploaded,…

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  • Dreams are only Dreams

    | Anonymous

    I came to the United States when I was only four. I came with my mother and younger sister since my father had been in the United States for a couple of years now. I remember watching the trees shrink as the plane flew higher and higher. When we finally arrived in Los Angeles we stayed with my father's friends for a while. they helped us get a small…

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  • United States is where immigrant aren't accepted but tolerated

    | Anonymous

    My name is Irving Hernandez and I lived 11 years illegally in United States. I graduated with a media degree and just like Jose Antonio Vargas, I have practiced journalism with people working in USA Today, Washington Post, Boston Globe through UNITY and sponsored by NAHJ.

    Unlike most stories supporting amnesty mine is more about educating to abide laws if you want to be taken seriously. What Vargas…

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  • Another face of Immigration

    | Anonymous

    When I was a young girl in San Miguel Allende, Mexico, we had a gardener with the name of Herminio, He loved to work the soil and take care of the plants. Herminio was shy, not very educated man and had a hard time expressing himself. But every year Herminio went to work in the “pizca” or crop harvest in California.

    Immigration caught him many times, and as…

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  • Breathing

    | Anonymous

    When I was I kid I used to practice holding my breath as a game. I would try to see how long I could last and then try to go even longer. One time I lasted a minute and a half, it felt as though a hammer was beating my lungs.

    I never imagined that I would be holding my breath for twenty years. I was always aware…

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