Define American

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  • My Immigration Status Does Not Define Me

    | Anonymous

    I came from Nicaragua when I was 18. I was an international student at a community college. I was an honors student, member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In my Sophomore year, I got pregnant. I had complications during my pregnancy.

    This is when I faced the hardest decision in my life: my visa or my baby's and my life. I had to drop out…

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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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