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  • I am a DREAMER...well almost...

    | Anonymous

    Meet Gabriela. A DREAMER... well almost... She missed the age-at entry requirement by a couple of months.

    After reading her story, don't you think she more than deserves a shot too?

    "I, Gabriela Monico, hereby declare as follows: My name is Gabriela Monico. I am a resident of California. I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. I came to the United States in November 2005 on…

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  • Done Dreaming

    | Esmy Jimenez

    My name is Esmy Jimenez. I was raised in a small town in Washington State known for agriculture and friendly people. I graduated from the local high school as the Senior Class President. I was in National Honor Society and enrolled in all the AP classes my school provided. I even ran on the cross country team and (attempted) to play tennis. On weekends I worked for a catering company…
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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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  • I am an American, but I live in the 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 that petitioning…
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  • I Teach Americans. So What?

    | Anonymous

    While sitting at a scholarship pageant, I remember how an idyllic teenage girl explained that her dream was to become a teacher. I was a cynical teen in those days and so I rolled my eyes as her sweet, but very breathy voice tinkled the words, "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." I had to chew on the sides of…
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  • Living in fear.

    | Anonymous

    Since I was thirteen, I've been neglected, sexually abused, and beaten by boyfriends. I was raped at sixteen and impregnated. The police and the state did nothing to help me in any of these situations, at all. I am unable to get health insurance because I can not identify who raped me...I was in an extremely abusive relationship when I met my fiance. He is only my fiance because we…
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  • Alabama Laws

    | Patrick Kinsley

    A song I wrote a few weeks ago.
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  • Another face of Immigration

    | Veronica Hoyos Leonard

    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 soon as…
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  • Different

    | jesus manuel jaime-gonzalez

    Unlike many other nations in the world crated by conquerors,kings and, queens. America was a country created by many people, cultures, and, ethnicities all brought here by immigration. Only through immigration has this great country been able to surpass hardships and succeed in being a superpower of the world. Also in america we don't have one culture, beliefs or, values that we share. In America we have many, many voices,…
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  • breathing

    | gabriel

    When I was I kid I used to practice holding my breath as a game. I would try to see how long I could last and then try to go even longer. One time I lasted a minute and a half, it felt as though a hammer was beating my lungs. I never imagined that I would be holding my breath for twenty years. I was always aware of my…
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