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  • The Values We Share

    | Anonymous

    My name is Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and I “define American” by the values we share. Americans see opportunities, despite obstacles. We innovate and improve instead of accepting the status quo. Americans aren’t afraid to dream and they don’t give in when times are tough. I don’t define Americans by how they got here-- but rather, how they are working to be productive and…

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  • Adama Bah

    | David Felix Sutcliffe

    This is not my story, but the story of Adama Bah, an incredible and brave young Muslim woman I met six years ago at an afterschool arts program in Harlem where I was a video teacher. Two months prior to our meeting, Adama woke up just before dawn on March 24th, 2005 to find nearly a dozen government officials in her family's East Harlem apartment. She was arrested and…

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  • I'm a Dreamer, but I'm Not the Only One

    | Anonymous

    My name is Nallely Bojorquez, I’m 21 years old and I’ve been living in Salt Lake City since I was 7 years old.

    My dad left his family in Mexico to find a job in the United States, he found a job and really liked it here. For a year he worked very hard and saved every penny so then my mother, two brothers and I could come…

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  • Amor Por Juarez

    | Anonymous

    My mother came to the U.S. with her parents when she was in primary school. My Lita and Tata worked tirelessly to provide for my mother and four siblings. Their work ethic has always been a driving force for me. Without my Lita's dedication to working in the strawberry fields of California every day, I wouldn't have the opportunities I do now.

    After reading Jose Antonio Vargas's story,…

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  • Years of Uncertainty

    | grandeur narciso

    On behalf of all the legal or either undocumented long term contract workers here in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the days of uncertainties is approaching due to the reasons of same as the issues of undocumented worker in the mainland US. We as mostly legal contract workers here doesn't even get any fair and just treatment we deserved for the years we help build this entire…

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