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  • As American As It Gets

    | Anonymous

    My family stems from a Dutch or German sailmaker, Charles Wilstach, who was in Philadelphia in 1780 for the first U.S. Census. In 2010, as a recently retired newspaper journalist, I helped take the 2010 Census. Because I had a few words of Spanish and no fear of anyone, I was sent to the Shelby County, Ala., trailer parks where pit bulls and drug dealers reside, to the Pelham…

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  • How I Became "Illegal" While Operating A Business, and Working with the Military

    | Anonymous

    America is country of immigrants, immigrants who built this country into the richest and most powerful nation on earth. Our immigration policy has become exclusionary, seeking reasons to deny rather than accept. Blaming immigrants for what they cost America, rather than what they contribute to America. Calculating the number of jobs they "take" from Americans, rather than the number of jobs that they create for Americans.

    I came…

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  • Legal Immigration Has Failed Me and My Family

    | Anonymous

    After 10 years of living legally in the US, paying my taxes, contributing to society at every level I have been told that I am not able to stay and must leave everything I have achieved here, remove my children from High School and University and lose everything I have invested here. It makes no sense to me. And certainly doesn't Define what being an America means to me.

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  • Welcome is American

    | Linda Hartke

    Welcome is American, and Americans are welcoming. As president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, I represent an organization that has been welcoming newcomers to the United States since 1939. Throughout our history, we have worked with churches and organizations across the nation to bring those fleeing persecution and seeking new opportunity to the United States. Welcoming immigrants and refugees is a fundamental part of being American.

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  • Candelario A Young Immigrant Story

    | Candelario Arita

    I came to the US at age 9 from Honduras to escape Hurricane Mitch and find my mother. After 8 years we still have trouble getting a TPS visa from the US government. I have a 4.0 GPA, work hard and am ready for college. Please watch my compelling video on Click here: Thanks, Candelario

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