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  • Exiled in Queretaro, Mexico

    | Anonymous

    Querétaro, Mexico Oct. 11, 2011 My name is Nicole Salgado, and I'm an ecologist, educator, and activist originally from upstate New York. I met my husband in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, after which my life was changed forever. Because of his immigration record, my husband had what is considered the permanent bar.

    We wanted to make things right, but our options were limited. Our lives…

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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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  • 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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  • Waiting in the Shadows

    | Anonymous

    I am a U.S. citizen. I served 17 years in the U.S. Marine corps. My husband of 9 years is undocumented. We have 2 children.

    Last year we received a phone call from a friend his whose wife is from Honduras. He had just received his green card. His wife has been in the U.S. for about 15 years I believe. Because of a special law for people…

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  • On My Own

    | Anonymous

    My story starts with single mother with a small child who happens to be born in Mexico. My name is Erika, I am that small child.

    My mother decided to give me a better life and she left me with my grandmother at a very young age. She moved to the U.S and would send money so I could go to a private school. By the time I…

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