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  • Another face of Immigration

    | Anonymous

    When I was a young girl in San Miguel Allende, Mexico, we had a gardener with the name of Herminio, He loved to work the soil and take care of the plants. Herminio was shy, not very educated man and had a hard time expressing himself. But every year Herminio went to work in the “pizca” or crop harvest in California.

    Immigration caught him many times, and as…

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  • Dismissed: A Human Perspective

    | Brian Kim

    Having lived in California my entire life, the issue of immigration reform has been a touchy subject for Californians and Americans alike in addressing the illegal immigration that is taking place along the US-Mexico border today. But these “illegals” are not too far from my story of being a first generation immigrant. In 1986, the Reagan administration granted my parents, South Korean immigrants, amnesty for permanent residence and therefore…

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  • The American Dream

    | Anonymous

    This nation holds the promise of the American dream: the freedom and opportunity to make it, and make it good. I, as a born citizen in the U.S.A. have all rights and priveledge of acces to it. I am well aware of those who don't. And why don't they? Because they came illegally. But, does anyone who says these people are "evil" or "criminals" stop to think about why…

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  • Drop The "I" Word

    | Roy Naim

    WHAT? Yesterday on the good ole' Twitter I tweeted that I wanted to interview illegal immigrants on their stories, on their dreams. Someone replied to me with the following words: #DropTheIWord and call us undocumented. Upon further research, I found there is a whole movement about this. To not call us (YES, myself included) illegal. Instead, we are undocumented. We just don't have papers. But for the right of…

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  • Dreams are only Dreams

    | Anonymous

    I came to the United States when I was only four. I came with my mother and younger sister since my father had been in the United States for a couple of years now. I remember watching the trees shrink as the plane flew higher and higher. When we finally arrived in Los Angeles we stayed with my father's friends for a while. they helped us get a small…

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