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  • Working for the Dream Act as an American Citizen

    | Anonymous

    my story; I am an American Citizen who worked for many months to help get the California Dream Act passed. I believe the "fence" needs to be redesigned to allow those who want to give their talents to America the chance to. Children should remain with their parents; and parents should be allowed to watch their children give back to what was given to them. If we, as a…

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  • Victor Defines American

    | Anonymous

    Victor is 19 years old and lives in the suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. He moved to the U.S. from Mexico 13 years ago when he was 6. Victor wants to be a history teacher.

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  • Northwest Yeshiva High School Defines American

    | Anonymous

    With my juniors, I'm teaching American Literature, and I realized very early on that I can't teach American Literature without getting to the heart of what that word "American" means. We did an exercise where I asked them what does it mean to be American. So if we stop being everybody, and we start being everybody except "blank," especially if "blank" is a particular shade of person, I think…

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  • Julie Erfle: What Makes Us American

    | Anonymous

    After my husband's death, many had hoped that I, a white, middle class woman, would heed the call for punitive and enforcement-only immigration policies. But that's a band-aid. One that fails to address the underlying problems, or offer any type of long term solutions. Instead it creates a wedge issue, one that encourages division, and fear, and myths, and shuts down the very dialogue that could bring about solutions.…

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  • How Jose Defines American

    | Anonymous

    I define American as someone who works hard ...who's proud of this country and wants to contribute. ...who's not a burden on anyone.

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