Define American

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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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  • U.S citizens less than green card holders

    | Anonymous

    I am a U.S. citizen. I served 17 years in the U.S. Marine corps. My husband of 9 years is undocumented. We have 2 children. Last year we received a phone call from a friend his whose wife is from Honduras. He had just received his green card. His wife has been in the U.S. for about 15 years I believe. Because of a special law for people from her…
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  • They call us criminals but we've done nothing wrong

    | Anonymous

    I'm an undocumented immigrant ,yet I have a 4.0 honor student in college. Yes College, how I pay for school when I can't even get a loan easy Wend-Sunday I work from 4:30 pm till 4:30 am none stop. I attend class like anybody else I buss my ass studying working and making ends meet for my family. Im the second child of five. Giving up for me is not…
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  • Legal Immigration a failure as well, with inhumane consequences

    | Dianne Stewart

    The Stewart family came here in 2001 to open a specialist reading and information management company whose clients include US Military Intelligence Agencies, Universities, Schools and Business organizations; All legal avenues to secure permanent residence have been exhausted by them; they are now being turned away with the possibility of their children’s education being destroyed and losing everything they have built up here as well as placing US Military lives…
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  • Julia Duperrault: Defining American

    | Anonymous

    Julia shares her definition of "American."
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  • Stephen Colbert Defines American

    | Anonymous

    How does Stephen Colbert define "American?" He just looks in the mirror.
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