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  • Raised in Arizona

    | Anonymous

    I grew up in Phoenix, South Phoenix to be exact, and all of my life I have lived in a diverse culture. In fact if I hadn't had the exposure to Native American and Mexican cultures as a youngster, I wouldn't have had any history to draw from as we moved to Arizona from the Eastern Shore when I was just a toddler. I knew nothing of my family…

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  • Underprivileged

    | Anonymous

    I just watched #Documented and I've never cried so much during a movie. Thank you for sharing your journey.

    I came on a visitors visa in 1990 when I was 10 and my family overstayed. 24 years later, I am still here. My mother and brother were deported in 2002 and my family's been broken ever since. I too, at a loss for having to justify…

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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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