Define American

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  • Not a Piece of Paper

    | Anonymous

    My whole life has been a lie. My legal status has been a lie. I have been fake to my friends in fear that one day they would betray me and call border patrol on me. I do not know who I am because I am not from here or there. United State citizens do not accept me for my accent, my heritage, and my skin color. I have…

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  • Third Generation

    | Anonymous

    My grandfather was born in Poland. He immigrated to the US as a young man. He never learned to speak English. He had 14 children, two of whom died in the military during World War II. He built cars in Detroit and was a member of the United Auto Workers.

    Any hostility to immigrants seems very un-American to me. I define American as welcoming and inclusive.

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  • El Rio Bravo

    | Anonymous

    Hey my name is Rosendo from Mexico... Matamoros, Tamaulipas (border of Texas). Moved to Van Nuys, California when I was 5 years old, right on time for Kindergarden. Spanish was considered my first language but after 4th grade they didn't require me to take the test anymore. I moved to a desert, good 'ol Palmdale, California. Continued to middle school while playing soccer as my favorite hobby. I wax…

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  • Blending In

    | Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing your story! Over the years, I have struggled to blend in as an American after I moved here at 11. I have blonde hair and blue eyes and I look like everyone else, but I wasn’t. I lived a normal life, I worked at Hershey Park with all the other teenagers, and I graduated high school with all my friends.

    I went to college and…

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  • My Hard-working Husband

    | Anonymous

    I am an American citizen, and I'm married to a hard working guy who came to the U.S. in looking for a better life. We have a beautiful family with 3 children and we have been married for 12 years.

    He has been working for several years in this country and he works very hard to support our family. He came to the U.S without any penny in…

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