Define American

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  • I am a DREAMER...well almost...

    | Anonymous

    Meet Gabriela. A DREAMER... well almost... She missed the age-at entry requirement by a couple of months.

    After reading her story, don't you think she more than deserves a shot too?

    "I, Gabriela Monico, hereby declare as follows: My name is Gabriela Monico. I am a resident of California. I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. I came to the United States in November 2005 on…

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  • Done Dreaming

    | Esmy Jimenez

    My name is Esmy Jimenez. I was raised in a small town in Washington State known for agriculture and friendly people. I graduated from the local high school as the Senior Class President. I was in National Honor Society and enrolled in all the AP classes my school provided. I even ran on the cross country team and (attempted) to play tennis. On weekends I worked for a catering company…
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  • No Papers Necessary.

    | Anonymous

    My name is Pat. My first "American" family member got to these shores in 1621. His name is William Claiborne and there is a plaque dedicated to him in the church at Jamestown. However, the other half of my family is Irish. The Irish side of my family, while I am not certain, very likely arrived here without any papers since they fled here during the famine. So, in…

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  • I am an American, but I live in the shadows...

    | Anonymous

    In 1998, I met my immigrant husband in Chicago while I was in AmeriCorps and going to school. By that time, he had been in the US for almost 10 years--he had earned his GED, learned English, and moved up from his original position as dishwasher to become a kitchen manager. We fell in love. In 2002, we got married in his hometown in Mexico. We were told that petitioning…
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  • I Teach Americans. So What?

    | Anonymous

    While sitting at a scholarship pageant, I remember how an idyllic teenage girl explained that her dream was to become a teacher. I was a cynical teen in those days and so I rolled my eyes as her sweet, but very breathy voice tinkled the words, "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." I had to chew on the sides of…
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  • 20 Years and Counting...

    | Lucy Guisa

    My name is Lucy and I am and undocumented immigrant that has been living in the U.S for 20 years. I define American as - someone that has established their roots here (whether brought as a child or came as an adult), is hard working, lives as a citizen regardless of having papers or not. When I was 6 years old, my parents were going through a difficult economic time…
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  • 20 Years and Counting...

    | Lucy Guisa

    My name is Lucy and I am and undocumented immigrant that has been living in the U.S for 20 years. I define American as - someone that has established their roots here (whether brought as a child or came as an adult), is hard working, lives as a citizen regardless of having papers or not. When I was 6 years old, my parents were going through a difficult economic time…
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  • dream act

    | brandon ramirez

    hey mi name is brandon and i all ready have the pleasure to hear your story,, and im also like you im immigrant ,so i would be glad to have you in aour school ,,william penn high school in new castle Delaware 1920
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  • Why?

    | Anonymous

    At the end of 2006, I was at salsa night at a club in Denver. The handsomest man I have ever seen asked me to dance. We danced all night long, at the end of the night I asked for his name and number and told him that I was looking for a dance partner. We started dancing all the time, and I started showing him all my favorite parts…
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  • Candelario A Young Immigrant Story

    | Candelario Arita

    I came to the US at age 9 from Honduras to escape Hurricane Mitch and find my mother. After 8 years we still have trouble getting a TPS visa from the US government. I have a 4.0 GPA, work hard and am ready for college. Please watch my compelling video on Youtube.com. Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpqvnM_IqFs Thanks, Candelario
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