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  • American, Dutch, or German?

    | Anonymous

    When I was 3 years old, my mother met my father in Berlin, Germany while he was based at Tempelhof. My mother was a Dutch citizen but a Permanent Resident of the US from previous US marriages. My father was a US Army Soldier. He is and always will be the most amazing man in my life. After knowing me and my family (1 brother, 1 sister), he decided…

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  • Torn Apart

    | Anonymous

    In 1999, I met and married my husband. He is from Peru. In 2003, we had a son. I was born here in Virginia as was my son. Soon after we were married, we started paperwork for my husband to become a citizen.

    I knew he was not legal and didn't care because I thought .. "I am an American, when we get married, he will become an…

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  • Teaching Undocumented Children

    | Anonymous

    I teach English as a Second Language and English Literature. I didn't start teaching because I felt strongly about immigration, but I feel strongly now. I have watched intelligent, motivated young men and women struggle with issues of citizenship and education, and they haven't deserved those struggles. One student won a scholarship to a prestigious summer program in Washington, DC, but couldn't attend because he didn't have documentation for…

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  • Waiting for My Love

    | Anonymous

    It took 47 years for me to find the "right" man. I refused to settle for less than that. Through prayer and determination, I was rewarded with a marriage that is everything I dreamed. My wonderful, hard-working husband is an undocumented immigrant.

    Under the current law, he would have to return to Mexico for 10 years before he could immigrate legally. I don't speak Spanish well enough to…

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  • Ex-Undocumented

    | Anonymous

    I'm Carlos Hernandez, born in Mexico, living in the U.S. since the age of 9. I'm an ex-would-be-beneficiary of the DREAM Act. I'm a U.S. citizen now, I am an engineer, I am hardworking, I contribute more than I'd ever have if still undocumented and I support the DREAM Act.

    Due to immigration status I missed out on opportunities to exercise my degree with the likes of Chevron…

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