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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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  • Why is it my fault?

    | Theodore Seeber

    The unique mark of an american is individualism. Not just in rights, but in taking responsibility for one's actions. Today, I received a request for money from a teenager who has yet to learn how to be an American. It was in support of her friend Mandeep, whose parents, also, have not learned to be american and take responsibility for their actions. In a time when many citizens are homeless…
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  • An American Citizen for Immigration Reform

    | Molly Delaney

    Born and raised in New York, I firmly believe that the definition of American is rooted solely in the diversity and freedom that our country has to offer. Without immigration reform, the United States can no longer claim to be the land of the free, and I sadly can not say that our great nation is filling its potential. I am a friend, relative, and child of immigrants from all…
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  • Amnesty International Releases New Short Satire Film to Bring Attention to the 10th Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay

    | William Butkus

    Amnesty International Releases New Short Satire Film to Bring Attention to the 10th Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay --- Major coalition rally and vigil in Washington, DC and other solidarity events around the US and globe on January 11, 2012, marking the 10th anniversary of the first detainees to Guantanamo Bay Contact: Sharon Singh, ssingh@aiusa.org, 202-509-8194 To view the short film, please go to http://www.amnestyusa.org/happyworldtravel (Washington, D.C.) – Amnesty International released…
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  • "We all must have the American Dream".

    | Anonymous

    To be an "American"today means to me, for all of us to have a better life. We are all one with the same dreams. Most of us like myself had ancestors who came in search of freedom, justice, and love.
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  • The Dream Continues To Be Woven

    | Janis Hashe

    As a child growing up in farm county in Santa Cruz, California, I saw the trucks carrying the "braceros" to the fields. We drove past the shanties fieldworkers lived in, saw their laundry flying in the wind, saw the cars lined up in the fields as people picked strawberries, harvested brussel sprouts and lettuce, all backbreaking daylong. I heard people on the school bus call their children "beaners." Even then…
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