Define American

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  • I am Illegal

    | Anonymous

    I was fortunate enough to arrive in this great country on March 2003 from Lima, Peru. My parents sacrificed everything for me to get an American education and out of a country they believed would only hold me back. It would be years before they told me I was in fact living an illegal life.

    It came as a shock that my parents, my brother and I were…

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  • Don't Forget the People Still In Line

    | Anonymous

    Let's have a discussion on those immigrants who are still waiting for their statuses to change, and who went through the legal process to become citizens; people such as my husband. My husband came into the U.S. on a Visitor's Visa in 2002. His visitor's visa was valid until 2012; therefore, his entrance into the U.S. was legal. We got married in November, 2003. We immediately filled out the…

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  • "American Girl"

    | Anonymous

    My name is Yessica Perez-Almazo. I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, CA. Where I attended school from 1st grade through college. I did all the normal things while growing up i.e., I went to the mall with my girlfriends, went to pool parties during the summer, my favorite show growing up was “Lizz McGuire.”

    In High School I was part of A.P Fine Art and the…

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  • For Jose, Maya, and Athena

    | Anonymous

    Jose, Maya, and Athena are 3 of my 13 grandchildren. On December 27, 2013, their father, who has been in the United States since he was a teenager, was "Voluntarily Removed" from our country. That is to say, he was taken by ICE against his will, without having been read Miranda Rights, without going before a judge, without due process, in the middle of the night, in shackles and…

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  • I (we) are American.

    | Anonymous

    I am a 16-year-old boy of Mexican nationality who lives in a Bordertown in South Texas, And I define as American.

    I am no different from you, your child, your friends, ext. I have dreams to go to College, to travel the world, and to achieve great things. Although, that is only on the surface. I, along with 11 million other people in the Unites States are (Or…

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