Define American

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  • I am a DREAMER...well almost...

    | Anonymous

    Meet Gabriela. A DREAMER... well almost... She missed the age-at entry requirement by a couple of months.

    After reading her story, don't you think she more than deserves a shot too?

    "I, Gabriela Monico, hereby declare as follows: My name is Gabriela Monico. I am a resident of California. I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. I came to the United States in November 2005 on…

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  • Done Dreaming

    | Esmy Jimenez

    My name is Esmy Jimenez. I was raised in a small town in Washington State known for agriculture and friendly people. I graduated from the local high school as the Senior Class President. I was in National Honor Society and enrolled in all the AP classes my school provided. I even ran on the cross country team and (attempted) to play tennis. On weekends I worked for a catering company…
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  • No Papers Necessary.

    | Anonymous

    My name is Pat. My first "American" family member got to these shores in 1621. His name is William Claiborne and there is a plaque dedicated to him in the church at Jamestown. However, the other half of my family is Irish. The Irish side of my family, while I am not certain, very likely arrived here without any papers since they fled here during the famine. So, in…

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  • I am an American, but I live in the shadows...

    | Anonymous

    In 1998, I met my immigrant husband in Chicago while I was in AmeriCorps and going to school. By that time, he had been in the US for almost 10 years--he had earned his GED, learned English, and moved up from his original position as dishwasher to become a kitchen manager. We fell in love. In 2002, we got married in his hometown in Mexico. We were told that petitioning…
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  • I Teach Americans. So What?

    | Anonymous

    While sitting at a scholarship pageant, I remember how an idyllic teenage girl explained that her dream was to become a teacher. I was a cynical teen in those days and so I rolled my eyes as her sweet, but very breathy voice tinkled the words, "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." I had to chew on the sides of…
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  • The American Dream

    | Anonymous

    America is the land of opportunity, where you can come from nothing and establish and achieve a great life full of wealth. America wouldn't be what it is today without immigrants, and they continue to shape the American culture for better or for worse. Immigrants come to America everyday trying to make money in order to provide for their family, and many call this place their home, and are willing…
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  • My husband and loving father will be leaving.

    | Anonymous

    To me American means family. I wish those in congress would feel the same. My husband came here illegally when he was in his teens with his parents. My husband graduated from high school here and also went to college. We have a good life. We have a daughter who is 3 today and my older daughter from a previous relationship will be 11soon. My 11yr old doesn't know her…
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  • Megan Defines American

    | Anonymous

    Megan, a student at University of Alabama in Birmingham, defines American. She is an American citizen.
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  • Eliana Defines American

    | Anonymous

    Eliana defines American and says "you can't really pin point what makes and American."
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  • How I Define Being American

    | Brock Fishel

    I define being American as someone who has hopes and dreams to better themselves and try and become successful in a country where anything is possible. My family has been in America since the late 1800's and even before that as I am part Native American, America was built by Immigrants and they are key to America because they come here with dreams to make a good life and that…
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