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  • My mom's story

    | Anonymous

    My mother moved to the United States from Sweden to attend college. She became a United States citizen decades later, when I was eight years old. I have vivid memories of the celebration our family held on the occasion -- lots of American flags, cakes with bald eagles, and Uncle Sam top hats.

    More than that, I remember the conversations she and I had about the…

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  • American to Me

    | Anonymous

    I'm an American citizen born and raised. To me America is a Country of freedoms. The freedom of speaking our minds, living our lives, and sharing those lives with our families no matter where they come from. I understand the need to make sure that the people here are not terrorists or criminals but that should be the extend of Government involvement when it comes to families being together.…

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  • It gets better: 1898-2013...

    | Anonymous

    My story, I want to think, starts in 1898 when the US invaded Puerto Rico, a self-governing island part of the Spanish Crown. I would not be born until 1960 but what happened in 1898 is important to me still today. Puerto Ricans were made US citizens by an act of Congress in 1917, just in time to be drafted to fight in WWI. To this day hundreds of…

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  • Americans

    | Anonymous

    My Mother was born in Poland. My Father's parents were born in Austria. They all considered themselves Americans. I was raised as an American and served 20 years in the United States Navy. All of us were Americans. Today many are crying out to become Americans. Let's welcome them as my ancestors were welcomed.

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  • Religious Freedom

    | Anonymous

    My grandparents and great grandparents found religious freedom in the United States. As Jews there were persecuted in Poland, Russia, and Latvia. Many lost their entire families in WWII. This country was one of the only places they could live their lives as they wanted, as Jews.

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