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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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  • I am American

    | Terri Holley

    I was born in America as were my parents and grandparents, before and long ago my family came to America from Scotland and Ireland for a piece of the dream. Whether we are better off for having done so cannot be determined, but it is clear to me that MY America has lost it's way where immigration and corporate influence in government are concerned. Very strange behavior for a…

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