Define American

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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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  • Immigration: Cuba to NYCity in 1946

    | Anonymous

    I was 3 when my parents emigrated to this country, with my grand-uncle's sponsorship from the USA. We had to go through tough physical exams, have a "sponsor" (who put money in the bank for us) and my father had to have a job and we also had to have a place to live. My grand uncle had left Cuba earlier and had paved the way for us to be…
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  • Construction workers

    | Karen Langdon

    I know many construction workers who came to America from Mexico. They are helping to build America, not blow it up! Wake up America! The majority of folks who get here want to realize the dream just like us who were born here. Stop playing God! There is enough success for everyone to enjoy. Let's share it :)
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  • Second class

    | Kevin Simien

    Blacks are not even second class citizens
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  • Love the US or leave the US

    | Ray Morris

    Where else can a person be born free? In America you are free to do anything you want to do. You are free to be anything you want to be. You are free to get however much education you want to get and make a living any way you want to. You can work at a trade for some company or you can go into business for yourself. All of…
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  • My Heritage

    | Sandra Corder

    Daddy is Cuban, mommy is Jamaican, and I was born in Jamaica, West Indies. They came to this country while I was a baby along with my older sister. Times were different then and we lived in the Northeast but while man may put up borders, it is the right of all sentient beings to have the best life possible and sometimes it means doing things one normally would not…
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