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  • Equality

    | Anonymous

    December 2004 was the month I moved to the United States. My sister, a US citizen offered my parents the opportunity to move to Virginia and watch over her kids. My parents at the time were retired so they needed some income. As a minor, I was brought along and pursue my dreams and become a professional. The process for US residency is not the easiest to go through.…

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  • Cuba was once a way to get to America legally. Now not so much.

    | Anonymous

    Mis Abuelos, from Northern Spain, emigrated separately through Cuba in the 1900's because it was "easier" than going through other means/Ellis Island. They met in Tampa, Florida and married. They were on a path to citizenship but were not citizens when they married. They had 4 children in Ybor City while they were becoming naturalized and it was a slow process. Today, they would be considered illegal immigrants despite…

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  • 26 year old undocumented

    | Anonymous

    I came here when I was 4 years old and have been living in the USA for 22 years. I am married to an American citizen. We have a daughter who is 4 years old.

    I came here when I was very young. Everyday I fear my daughter and I will be separated. That is the worst feeling to have; to have something you have created…

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  • We are all in this together

    | Anonymous

    Like the Central Americans coming to our borders today, my ancestors first settled in Pennsylvania ten generations ago as refugees from violence and intolerance in Wales and Scotland. As an adult I left my roots in the Midwest to find a new home in New Mexico, only a few miles from the border shared with Mexico. Here we speak of the ideal of land of united cultures. That, in…

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  • M4rl3y

    | Anonymous

    I was 8 years old when I crossed the Mexican border with my aunt. I did not know it was illegal at that time. I did it because I wanted to meet my father for the first time; it was a beautiful mistake.

    Growing up in a foreign country that doesn't want you was tough. There were points in my life where I thought I had…

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