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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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  • Mothers separated from their children

    | Anonymous

    I am an American mother and homeowner in a Chicago suburb. I have hired maids and landscapers with and without documentation through "legal" agencies. Many workers have "fake" ID or social security numbers ,so there isn't anyway to know for sure who is who, without running background checks. The most heartbreaking stories for me, are those involving Moms. Consider the plight of mothers and children isolated on both sides of…
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  • A Lithuanian Immigrant story

    | Anonymous

    I am 84 years old and this is the story of an illegal immigrant, my father. At the age of 16 after wandering over Europe working at any job to secure money for passage to North America, my father was able to board a ship to Halifax, Canada. Passage there cost less than passage to Ellis Island. On foot my father crossed illegally into the United States as soon as…
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  • Brought to America

    | jill scott

    My story begins like many others. I was brought to America as a teen by my mother. We came from England to Canada, and crossed the border illegally there. I was not told that we were illegal until we were close to the border, when I was told what to say if asked. I didn't go to school, and lived in fear of the Border Patrol. We later, crossed back…
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  • Embacing optimism

    | Anonymous

    My father was a first generation American born to Russian-Jewish immigrants. My mother was born into a family of New England yankees. I am married to a man whose father was born in Puerto Rico and whose mother was born in Rhode Island from a background of Welsh and English. I have lived in California, Hawaii, Texas, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, crossing the country back in the days of Jim…
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  • American Dream?

    | Anonymous

    My impression is always that most people from impoverished third world countries (myself included) come to America to better their lives, to have a share in the abundance of this land of milk and honey or in other words to fulfill their so-called American Dream. America is always seen as the ultimate fulfillment of our happiness and dreams that we ached to come here no matter what it takes. Personally,…
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