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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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  • My chronicles as an undocumented part 2

    | Alma Erika

    I’m just sitting here; tears streaming down my face. I have this feeling of sadness, and frustration. All I can think about is; why can't they see I am American? I lost my job 8 months ago; my job was verifying the status of all the employees and I couldn't come up with all the paper work they required so, I quit. Now, I need work, anything will do.…

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  • Enough

    | Anonymous

    I came to America when I was just three years old and every single memory I have was made here. I did not understand how my status, or lack thereof, affected my life for many years. My parents did not want me to know. I did not understand the grief my parents felt after receiving every denial letter for citizenship.

    I continued to live my life, make friends,…

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    | Bertha Avila

    My name is Bertha and my parents immigrated our whole family when I was only 5 years old in 1964. I am now 52 years of age and love this country as though it was my birth country. I did not know that I was an immigrant until I was a teenager. Having grown up and assimilated the american life, I believed that I was an American in light…

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  • We Are All Immigrants

    | JC Honeycutt

    My husband's grandmother emigrated from Poland to escape the pogroms she was subject to as a Jew. She hid her true heritage, afraid she would be sent back: I realized she was Jewish when my husband asked how she had celebrated Christmas in Poland. "The priest came & asked us for money, " she said. "If we had none to give, he beat us with a cat-of-nine-tails." It was…

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