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  • I AM American

    | Anonymous

    I would like the world to know how difficult it is to grow up in America without documents. I am writing here because I have no where else to turn. I live in fear day after day, still I am thankful for being an American. I tell myself I exist! I know I do because I feel the pain, the frustration and the anger. However, I am invisible. I…

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  • I am a dream.

    | Anonymous

    Illegal. A disturbance. A thief. Abomination. Would you use these words to describe a 16 yr old girl? Like many others, my mother brought my older sister and I from Zihuatanejo, Mexico into this country when we were tiny to escape my abusive father and to have a better life so we settled in Huntsville, Alabama. During our time there, she fell In love with my stepdad, who was…

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  • Documented-- sorta

    | Anonymous

    I am in all technicallity a "documented" american. But my mother's journey was not. I too am a Filipino American, and she hates me "telling" people--- like my husband etc. the truth, in fear that we will be looked down upon, or worse- deported. I can sympathize with Jose's mother becauseI too was born out of wedlock and if my mother had stayed in the Philippines most likely I…

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  • My Immigrant Story (as presented @ Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, CA)

    | Anonymous

    I was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina within an immigrant Jewish family. I left my homeland because, by my early thirties, I knew my future was not there. I came to the USA with the dream of finding a community with whom to share my gifts and talents. I spent many years as a full-time college student, until I started working as a Latino Community Liaison…

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  • An illegals perspective

    | Anonymous

    I was brough into this country by a fleeing Mother. Fleeing an abusive Husband and the tormented town of Ciudad Juarez. It has been many years since my arrival but still see no change. Even more that ever do I notice discrimination against undocumented citizens. Often criticized and asked Why dont you just become legal? LIke if it was that easy.

    I can only hope in…

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