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  • I am an International Student with a F-1 Visa

    | Anonymous

    My parents brought me to the US when I was 7 years old.

    My father had a business visa, E-1, at the time and held that visa for a while. Around 1999, my father's business failed and he lost his work visa, I was forced to drop out of my public high school and change my visa status to a F-1. This allowed me to stay in the…

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  • from Denmark

    | V Mortensen

    In the 1950s my father came with less than a grade school education to settle in Minnesota. He had three girls born to him as American citizens. Today I am an attorney, my sister is a medical doctor, and my youngest sister works with her husband in Weston, CT in their own architectural firm. I love this country. My parents have seven (7) grandchildren. We're all immigrants or descendants…

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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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  • Luis

    | Luis Herrera

    Hi my name is Luis Herrera i born in Caracas Venezuela in were I spend my childhood and my teens days as a normal kid I went to school then to Law school ,unfortunate by that time my dad develop a really hard disease as it is The Alzheimer that force me the drop law school as it was no one to look after my dad ,cause my sister…

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  • An American, Living In 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…

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