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  • my naturalization judge once told me...

    | milena berry

    so i am a recent citizen. naturalized in the fall of 2010. i will forever remember the judge presiding over the ceremony. she told us 'look around...,' (i had a hacidic jew on one side and a refugee from burma on the other side) 'look around carefully. i want you to know that when you walk out of that door, you're going to be equal to everyone else walking…

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  • My America

    | Lorena Borrero

    America for me is the land that gave my family hope! I am first generation American. My mom immigrated to this country in the 1980's after a civil war broke out in her home country. This land gave her the opportunity to raise he children without fear of being killed, tortured, or being kidnaped by the gorillas. America is the land that gave an entire family hope and prosperity,…

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  • This land of immigrants

    | Ann Colburn

    My father's family came from Sweden in 1787; my mother's parents came from Eastern Europe in 1897. Except for three or four Native Americans I have met in more than 30 years of teaching, everyone I know, including my current students, most of them from Mexico and Central America, is from somewhere else. Without its immigrants, America would not be the place that most people in the world want…

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  • Long wait

    | Chris Pretoni

    I await for an immigration reform with utmost hope that I along with millions of people in my situation will be able to regularize our legal status here in the U.S.. For me, resiliency, persistency and hard work are good definitions of american.

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  • In Memory of the Marches of May Day, 2006

    | Anonymous

    For my brothers and sisters who crossed desert sands To live in orchards and fields and work with their hands Making fruitful and bountiful this fertile land Asking only to be left in peace For my sisters and brothers who live in fear That an INS agent may seize someone dear And arrest and deport them for being here I pray that the violence might cease. A long time…

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