Define American

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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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  • Construction Workers

    | Anonymous

    I know many construction workers who came to America from Mexico. They are helping to build America, not blow it up! Wake up America! The majority of folks who get here want to realize the dream just like us who were born here. Stop playing God! There is enough success for everyone to enjoy. Let's share it :)

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  • Immigration: Cuba to NYCity in 1946

    | Anonymous

    I was 3 when my parents emigrated to this country, with my grand-uncle's sponsorship from the USA. We had to go through tough physical exams, have a "sponsor" (who put money in the bank for us) and my father had to have a job and we also had to have a place to live. My grand uncle had left Cuba earlier and had paved the way for us to…

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