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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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  • 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 Click here: Thanks, Candelario
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  • America - My New Home

    | Ashni Bhojwani

    My name is Ashni Bhojwani and I am twelve years old. I moved to Florence S.C. on April 2nd, 2010 from a small country named Belize in Central America. Life in America is completely different from life in Belize. For example, there is a different environment, and an amazing educational opportunity to live in this country. I have had an amazing chance to advance in my education. I am in…
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  • My life as a third class citizen in America

    | Joseph Choi

    18 January 2012 | Joseph Choi ive always wanted to share my story with other people but i could never find the courage within myself to do do. my story is somewhat similar to the found per of this website Jose antonio Vargas and here is my story.. Unlike Jose I came to this country legally but like Jose Ive also become an undocumented immigrant due to overstaying the visa.…
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