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  • American Dream Come True

    | Anonymous

    I came to the U.S. when I was 7 years old.

    At that time my only concern was going to Disneyland and seeing my dad who had come over to the US several months before. However as I grew up I realized that something was different about me. The first time I realized it was just before I went to junior high and was filling out paper and…

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  • Teaching While Undocumented

    | Anonymous

    “When was the last time you visited México?” I feel my body tense up when I hear my coworker’s question. I normally enjoy our lunchtime teacher conversations, but not when I have to evade questions like these.

    “It’s been a long time… years.” I play it off.
    “Oh, I bet you miss it. You should try going this summer!” suggests another teacher.
    “Yea, if I don’t…

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  • Love Without Borders

    | Anonymous

    On December 31st 2006, at 11:59 PM I received a phone call from a boy. A boy who asked me to be his girlfriend. At the time I, Ashley Sims, was in my sophomore year of high school and the boy, Michael Pecina, was also in his. This is our story. I remember dropping the phone and running down the hallway of my best friend's house yelling at the…

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  • Making American Inclusive

    | Anonymous

    To me, the issue of defining an American is inclusive. Anyone who lives in America, grows up in America, participates in American society or government is an America. For that matter, anyone who considers him or herself to be an American is an American.

    Unfortunately, as a nation we often define an American in an exclusive, rather than inclusive manner. We ask ourselves, Who is not an American?…

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  • A hard choice

    | Anonymous

    Four generations ago two German brothers Ernest and Herman, 15 and 17 years old, left everything they knew and everyone they loved in order to avoid the draft of the Germa army, and to find a better life in America. They stowed away on a ship, trekked across the country and then in 1893 took part in the largest land run in history. This sounds like a book or…

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