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  • Saba Nafees

    | Anonymous

    My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing, I sing and speak of a 'my' country, land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside... O America, listen to this plea, O mother country [Pakistan], forgive me for this loyalty, of both I sing. But, which is 'my' country? I am amidst two homes, both equal, both beloved. For I…

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  • A Matter of Faith

    | Anonymous

    My mother came here with $5 in her pocket. She believed that through hardwork, sacrifice, and a commitment to personal responsibility she would succeed.

    Every day she wakes up at 5 am and abides by those values, sometimes working two jobs to make ends meet and to provide a good education to me and my younger sister. After five years of separation, my mom decided that it was…

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  • Fighting for a Country that Wasn't Mine

    | Anonymous

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  • Julie Erfle: What Makes Us American

    | Anonymous

    After my husband's death, many had hoped that I, a white, middle class woman, would heed the call for punitive and enforcement-only immigration policies. But that's a band-aid. One that fails to address the underlying problems, or offer any type of long term solutions. Instead it creates a wedge issue, one that encourages division, and fear, and myths, and shuts down the very dialogue that could bring about solutions.…

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  • Two Sides of America

    | Anonymous

    My name is Jeresia Noris and I am married to a wonderful man who entered the country without inspection over 10 years ago. We have been together for 5 years and have had 2 children together. He is also a wonderful step-parent to my 3 older children.

    In this country we are facing a crisis of fathers not willing to step up and be in their childrens life.…

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