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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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  • I am American

    | Terri Holley

    I was born in America as were my parents and grandparents, before and long ago my family came to America from Scotland and Ireland for a piece of the dream. Whether we are better off for having done so cannot be determined, but it is clear to me that MY America has lost it's way where immigration and corporate influence in government are concerned. Very strange behavior for a country…
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  • IN GOD WE TRUST , THE LOVE OF AMERICA

    | Anonymous

    I came here (02-21-1999) with a Visa (C9), and got married with kids. Anyways, my old lawyer in New Mexico got me a SS card and a work permit before I moved to Memphis and got a new lawyer, but he said he he doesn't think I can be an American Citizen because of my Visa, so I have to go back to Ghana. I know I'm not going anywhere,…
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  • A Child of German Immigrants

    | Kathleen Ruhl

    My family came to the U.S., from Germany, on the ships Winter Galley in 1738 and Molly in 1741. They came by way of Rotterdam, Holland to Deal, England, and arrived in Philadelphia, PA. I grew up in Union County, PA and many family members are living there. I just recently learned of my dad's side of the family ancestry through a family genealogy booklet that he gave to me…
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  • What is Lost and What is Gained

    | Reyna Grande

    I was born in a shack of bamboo sticks and cardboard, a shack with no running water or electricity. My father emigrated to the U.S. when I was two years old. He left me and my siblings behind with our mother in Mexico. He came here to earn money to build us a house. But dollars weren't that easy to make and so two years later he sent for my…
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  • I was once undocumented...

    | Anonymous

    I had the comfort of coming here on a plane, but the discomfort from age 5 of living with the secret that I knew would wreck my family's life if it got out: that we were undocumented. We were blessed to get papers by the time I reached fourth grade, but we could have just as easily not have gotten them. Today I am a graduate from The Johns Hopkins…
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