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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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  • Dear America

    | Anonymous

    Dear America, Although I rather not call myself American I am part of you. I came to you as a baby of only three months to be raised by you till this day nineteen years. My life belongs here in your land. My parents left their homes and families to come to you in search of a better future for me. But sadly along with the accomplishments I have made…
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  • Opportunity to have an opportunity

    | Andres Majerovicz

    My name is Andres. I am 21 years old. I was born in Colombia and came to this country I now call home at the age of 10. I have lived in Florida ever since. My family and I left Colombia because we were being persecuted by Las FARC in Colombia. It was no longer safe for us to be there so we decided to come to "the land of…
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  • JUSTICE for ALL !

    | Anneliese Macedo

    We came from Brazil 17 years ago. A family of five. Since then our ONLY "investment" has been apply and re-apply for our immigration paperwork. Thousands, and thousands of dollars, to get denied, over and over again. We are NOT against the law, the LAWS are against US ! We tried every possible way to get through....there is NONE ! And because of that MILLIONS of people, are called ILLEGALS…
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  • Martha's Story

    | Martha Perez

    I was born in Puebla, Mexico, and like so many other Central and South Americans in the early 1990's my parents decided to come to the United States in search of a better life - better paying jobs and educational opportunities for their children. By the time I was six years old, I had crossed the Mexican-American border with my mom two times. After the second crossing, my family and…
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  • Growing up American

    | Anonymous

    I share your sentiments Jose because I too have lived your journey. I came to New York at the age of 15 and lived there undocumented until I was 32 years old. I did everything American children were doing. I enrolled in high school and did well. I went to college and earned an AA and BA. I worked and worked very hard and never asked for any handouts. I…
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