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  • Wannabe immigrant

    | Anonymous

    I am a granddaughter of immigrants from Europe, mainly Germany. My great grandmother escaped from WWII with her daughter, my Omi, to later marry an American soldier and move to America. Other ancestors moved to be missionaries to the German-speaking immigrants living in America. Although I have always dreamed of moving here from a different country, I cannot even begin to fathom the horror of having opportunity at your…

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  • How to be and American

    | Anonymous

    As a young twenty-something I feel like I'm still learning what it means to be an adult, let alone an American. I grew up in a loving conservative home in the midwest. Suffice it to say that I didn't really come into regular contact with immigrants until I started working for the local Chipotle last year.

    I was raised to see everyone equally. Everyone gets the…

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  • I Help Others for a Living

    | Anonymous

    My name is Nadine and this is my story. My parents brought me to the US at age 9. I grew up here, went to school here, worked here....this is the only place i know!. At age 18 i graduated from high school simultaneously along with practical nursing degree as it was a program the high school offered.

    Since then ive been working as a practical nurse and…

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  • Let American Dreams Prosper US

    | Anonymous

    I came from China to US as a graduate student. After receiving my PhD degree in Computer Science, I started working as a professional engineer on H1B visa last year. Because of the 7% per-country cap in the current immigration law, the waiting time for Chinese and Indians in the profession immigration category is no sooner than 5-8 years, which significantly discourages their enthusiasm for innovation and creativity.

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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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