Define American

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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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  • The Edgar Brothers

    | Edgar Castro

    I wrote this to inform others about our story as immigrant students. This is the story of a journey to education of two Venezuelan-born brothers who aspire to finish college and begin their careers as professional individuals. Edgar Jose Castro Tello, 26, and Edgar Jesus Castro Tello, 20, both immigrated to the United States in 1999 with their parents Edgar Jose Castro Maldonado and Aleyda Walkiria Tello de Castro…

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  • I Am A Californian

    | Anonymous

    I love America.

    I have loved it ever since I stepped foot in this country, when I was thirteen. From my phone conversations with my immigrant uncle, I always heard about how great this country is, how nice the people are, how full of opportunities and top notch education she offers.

    So, when my father decided to apply for a tourist visa, I was on cloud nine...I…

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  • I am American

    | Anonymous

    I come from parents who are natives of Mexico. I come from a father with a 3rd grade education and a mother with a diploma from a Catholic Convent, though my parents both were living in the United States when they met. They started a life together in one of Los Angeles County's many immigrant enclaves, and I was meant to be an American born success story.

    Unfortunately,…

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