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  • In God We Trust..

    | Anonymous

    I was about 4 years old when I can to the U.S. Like many other families, mine was just looking for a better life.

    The neighborhoods we lived in back in Mexico were quickly being overtaken by thiefs ang drug dealers. Although they weren't big shot mafia men, my parents obviously didn't want us surrounded by that.

    Our extended family wasn't one we could rely on and…

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  • A face in the crowd...

    | Anonymous

    I have been pondering a lot about writing my story.. I have started doing it many times but every time i became discouraged. There is a grain of optimism inside me that makes me keep going, makes me open my eyes every day and get out of bed thinking this has to end sometimes, this fear, this heartache.
    I vaguely remember myself 12 years ago when i arrived…

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  • it was immigration officer fault!

    | Anonymous

    Hello My name is Maira, I came to this country when i was 16, when i was 18 my mom applied for her green card thru her marriage and put my name at the application. At the time of the interview the officer at immigration crossed my name sayint that my mom couldn't apply for me because i was 18. At the time she didn't have a lawyer because…

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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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