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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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  • American Nomad

    | Anonymous

    There's always an awkward pause when someone casually asks me where I'm from. It would be easier to answer what I am, that would get the one word answer: American! But where I'm from? That will take me a minute or two.

    I was born in Saudi Arabia, where my parents (both U.S. citizens) were working for an oil company as English teachers. In the picture I uploaded,…

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  • Create My Own Opportunity

    | Anonymous

    My name is Roy Naim. I am 28 years old, work from home doing marketing consultant and focusing on the path of life coaching and beyond. I came to this country from Israel at the age of 4.

    Admittedly, we came here on a visiting visa, but for some reason my parents overstayed the visit without going through the legal process. They originally came here to achieve the…

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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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