Define American

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  • I am a DREAMER...well almost...

    | Anonymous

    Meet Gabriela. A DREAMER... well almost... She missed the age-at entry requirement by a couple of months.

    After reading her story, don't you think she more than deserves a shot too?

    "I, Gabriela Monico, hereby declare as follows: My name is Gabriela Monico. I am a resident of California. I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. I came to the United States in November 2005 on…

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  • Done Dreaming

    | Esmy Jimenez

    My name is Esmy Jimenez. I was raised in a small town in Washington State known for agriculture and friendly people. I graduated from the local high school as the Senior Class President. I was in National Honor Society and enrolled in all the AP classes my school provided. I even ran on the cross country team and (attempted) to play tennis. On weekends I worked for a catering company…
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  • No Papers Necessary.

    | Anonymous

    My name is Pat. My first "American" family member got to these shores in 1621. His name is William Claiborne and there is a plaque dedicated to him in the church at Jamestown. However, the other half of my family is Irish. The Irish side of my family, while I am not certain, very likely arrived here without any papers since they fled here during the famine. So, in…

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  • I am an American, but I live in the shadows...

    | Anonymous

    In 1998, I met my immigrant husband in Chicago while I was in AmeriCorps and going to school. By that time, he had been in the US for almost 10 years--he had earned his GED, learned English, and moved up from his original position as dishwasher to become a kitchen manager. We fell in love. In 2002, we got married in his hometown in Mexico. We were told that petitioning…
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  • I Teach Americans. So What?

    | Anonymous

    While sitting at a scholarship pageant, I remember how an idyllic teenage girl explained that her dream was to become a teacher. I was a cynical teen in those days and so I rolled my eyes as her sweet, but very breathy voice tinkled the words, "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." I had to chew on the sides of…
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  • American with the shadow of an illegal immigrant

    | Anonymous

    It's hard to be yourself when you really can't reveal one of the biggest parts about yourself: your legal status. I have friends of many races, genders, and religions, but the majority of my friends are white and republican. When you're talking about school or sports or boys- we can all agree on those topics, or can harmlessly argue without fear of being judged. We share many differences- one of…
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  • American Sense of Life

    | Kelly Valenzuela

    If you want your individual rights protected by a moral government, if you respect the individual rights of others, if you want to live free and allow others to live free, then you are American in my book! Unfortunately, this is a far cry from what we have now.
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  • love has no boundaries

    | Anonymous

    I am an american citizen myself. I have been forced to deal w/the actions & lack of moral from my fellow man who seem to have lost touch with the sense of culture & the meaning of family. Growing up my attractions have been drawn to other ethniticities as they display more culture then my hardened american style Ive been exposed to. Since the Mexican culture has populated my state…
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  • Project For Awesome

    | Ben Ratner

    In an attempt to decrease worldsuck, I created this video to promote Define American. Don't Forget To Be Awesome
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  • One From Many

    | Anonymous

    My huge family is made up of immigrants from several countries: Poland, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England, Netherlands, Italy, and Bulgaria. Despite the geographical and cultural differences, they all had a common goal in starting a new life in the United States. Let's not undermine those who attempt to accomplish the same today.
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