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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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  • My family resembles Heinz 57!

    | E.F.L.

    America today reminds me of the "melting pot" I learned of in school but never really saw except in big cities. Both of my Grandmother's were from Nova Scotia, Canada. My husband's Dad and Mom were from Poland. They lost the farm that had been in my father-in-law's family for over 200 years. My husband was born in Germany and came to the United States through Ellis Island. I'm…

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  • We're all the same...

    | Anonymous

    I was born and raised in South Carolina as well as my parents and grandparents. After researching my family history, I found that I had ancestors from Ireland as well as England. There's documentation of one of my Irish ancestors running into a rough time in Ireland and so he jumped on the boat to come to America for a better a life. Had it not been for his…

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  • My life.

    | Anonymous

    I met my husband 11yrs ago and he is from Mexico.We got married 5yrs ago.Then 2 years ago I was told I had cancer (Leukemia) the type I had there is no cure for and I have no medical Insurance.My meds.to treat the cancer is almost 6,000 per month and a company is supplying my meds.for now.I had to go on disability.My husband is illegal we can't pay for…

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  • My Story

    | Anonymous

    In July of 2000 was brought by my parents to the United States. At first we had visitor visas but six months later we had overstayed, so we were undocumented.

    My parents sought to change our status by obtaining sponsorship through a job offer and for a while it seemed like things were going to work out. I was 14 years old by then, and as a year…

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