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  • Once Undocumented

    | Anonymous

    I had the comfort of coming here on a plane, but the discomfort from age 5 of living with the secret that I knew would wreck my family's life if it got out: that we were undocumented. We were blessed to get papers by the time I reached fourth grade, but we could have just as easily not have gotten them.

    Today I am a graduate from The…

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  • My Dreamer and I

    | Anonymous

    I met the love of my life in high school. We both played soccer and excelled at school. After he graduated he had plans to go to college and become an engineer. He even had a full ride to a major university!

    That was all taken away from him when officials discovered he was undocumented. Maybe that was the best thing though, because shortly after we started dating…

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  • We are Americans

    | Anonymous

    I was born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico, 45 years ago. I came illegally to this country following my husband and with a daughter in my arms 25 years ago. My daughter was illegal as well, my husband wasn't.

    25 years later I have six kids, my oldest daughter graduated from Mills College in Oakland, CA. My second and third daughters are currently attending NAU. My third daughter is…

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  • Opportunity To Have Opportunity

    | Anonymous

    My name is Andres. I am 21 years old. I was born in Colombia and came to this country I now call home at the age of 10. I have lived in Florida ever since.

    My family and I left Colombia because we were being persecuted by Las FARC in Colombia. It was no longer safe for us to be there so we decided to come to "the…

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  • Martha's Story

    | Anonymous

    By the time I was six years old, I had crossed the Mexican-American border with my mom two times. After the second crossing, my family and I settled in Danbury, Connecticut. I was born in Puebla, Mexico, and like so many other Central and South Americans in the early 1990's my parents decided to come to the United States in search of a better life - better paying jobs…

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