Define American

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  • Not without my daughter

    | Anonymous

    I came to America in May 1985. I was 12. My father, my grandparents and I came for my Aunts wedding. After spending the summer as a tourist it was time for me to go home. I didn't. It was explained to me that I would be staying and would be living in Chicago with my aunt. As far as I knew my aunt adopted me so I can…

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  • Broken Families

    | Anonymous

    The father of my son was deported a week after our child was born. I love him more than any man I've ever met in my life.

    His crime? Getting a flat tire. Yes, he was here without documents but he was here to try and make a better life. And if people actually knew anything about how challenging the immigration process is, when living in poverty every…

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  • Who is the American?

    | Anonymous

    While I was born in this country, many of my friends and teammates on my soccer team were not. There are thousands of hard-working Americans who put in every effort to support American ideals and follow the laws to the letter. On the other hand, there are also thousands of kids who are naturalized citizens who become involved in drug dealing, degradation of women, and fighting for no good…

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  • White, male, and a retired navy chief petty officer

    | Gregg Martin

    I am 52 years old, white, male, and a retired navy chief petty officer. Although always aware of the need for change in our country’s immigration system, my interest started becoming acute after I heard about the Bracero Program that started at the beginning of World War II and lasted until 1964. The program came about when the United States approached Mexico for help during the critical labor shortage…

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  • From Pumping Gas to Wall Street

    | Anonymous

    At age 15 my parents moved my sister and I to Brooklyn, NY. After 7 years of separation our family was finally together.

    That was how my journey to the American dream started. Since I was undocumented I couldn't take the scholarships I earned when I graduated high school. Lucky for me some CUNY schools did not have restrictions nor extra fees for undocumented students. My uncle who…

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