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  • Telling My Story From Exile

    | Anonymous

    I'm Nicole and I'm from Central New York but for the last 7 years I've been living in Central Mexico because my husband was undocumented when we married in CA in 2004. My life's been turned upside down but I've become active in recent years and coauthored a book about these issues with Nathaniel Hoffman in the hopes that the nation will start to understand the impact of immigration…

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  • Done Dreaming

    | Anonymous

    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…

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  • Our Story

    | Anonymous

    My story is only one of millions. I am a U.S. citizen. In 2007, I married my wonderful wife, a citizen of Mexico.

    Since then, we have been entangled in the immigration process to adjust my wife’s status. She was brought without papers as a child. Her family came to the U.S. because her father had been unemployed for many months and needed to feed his family. Little…

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  • What is Lost and What is Gained

    | Reyna Grande

    I was born in a shack of bamboo sticks and cardboard, a shack with no running water or electricity. My father emigrated to the U.S. when I was two years old. He left me and my siblings behind with our mother in Mexico. He came here to earn money to build us a house. But dollars weren't that easy to make and so two years later he sent for…

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  • My American Dream

    | Anonymous

    I am a naturalized U.S. Citizen. My boyfriend of 6 years is an undocumented immigrant from Costa Rica. We plan on getting married and having a family soon. However, that dream-- the simple dream of having a family in the country where I was born, is threatened because he can't become "legal".

    Everyone asks, "why don't you just get married and then you he can get a green…

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