Define American

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  • 2nd generation American

    | Chuck W

    My Grandmother came over from Ireland. I have been an American all my life and have served in the US Military for 12 years defending the constitution and our American way of life around the world. My definition of an American is "A member of a body of people created by God as equals and living under a set of common laws which seeks to protect their unalienable rights…

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  • How I Define American

    | Anonymous

    Even though I was born in America, people still treat me as an "illegal" alien so I am defining American for all Latinos who are being affected by the HB56 law in Alabama and by discrimination and racism. We deserve to be here in America as much as anybody else who works hard to better themselves as well as their country.

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  • When Can I Go Home?

    | Anonymous

    My name is Mayra Villalobos, though in Mexico I am still considered Mayra Plata-Rosales. The whole marriage name thing here is different. I am 23 years of age and am currently in Mexico, pregnant with my husband’s and my first child, currently separated from my husband and family due to our broken immigration system in the USA.

    At the age of 2, I was taken to the US,…

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  • Living in fear.

    | Anonymous

    Since I was thirteen, I've been neglected, sexually abused, and beaten by boyfriends. I was raped at sixteen and impregnated. The police and the state did nothing to help me in any of these situations, at all. I am unable to get health insurance because I can not identify who raped me...I was in an extremely abusive relationship when I met my fiance. He is only my fiance because…

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  • United States is where immigrant aren't accepted but tolerated

    | Anonymous

    My name is Irving Hernandez and I lived 11 years illegally in United States. I graduated with a media degree and just like Jose Antonio Vargas, I have practiced journalism with people working in USA Today, Washington Post, Boston Globe through UNITY and sponsored by NAHJ.

    Unlike most stories supporting amnesty mine is more about educating to abide laws if you want to be taken seriously. What Vargas…

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