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  • Child of Immigrants, Sharer of Opportunity

    | Anonymous

    My father and my father-in-law were both born in Germany. My mom and mother-in-law were both born here but there parents were Slavic immigrants. As children my husband and I were taught that with hard work we could achieve anything so he became an attorney and I became a teacher.

    In my public school job I taught English to Mexican immigrants. Now that I'm retired I have a…

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  • My home...

    | Christian Guillen

    Just an undocumented young man; one who has never lived in the country of their birth. If I am told to "go home," well, I reply that I have always been home. I only ask for a chance to be accepted into my culture; my country; my home. I hope, soon, that I may be as free as a bird. "I know why the caged bird sings..." -Maya Angelou

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  • The Dream Continues To Be Woven

    | Anonymous

    As a child growing up in farm county in Santa Cruz, California, I saw the trucks carrying the "braceros" to the fields. We drove past the shanties fieldworkers lived in, saw their laundry flying in the wind, saw the cars lined up in the fields as people picked strawberries, harvested brussel sprouts and lettuce, all backbreaking daylong. I heard people on the school bus call their children "beaners."

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  • Why is it my fault?

    | Theodore Seeber

    The unique mark of an american is individualism. Not just in rights, but in taking responsibility for one's actions. Today, I received a request for money from a teenager who has yet to learn how to be an American. It was in support of her friend Mandeep, whose parents, also, have not learned to be american and take responsibility for their actions. In a time when many citizens are…

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  • Define Immigrant

    | Anonymous

    Every natural born American should attend a swearing in ceremony for newly naturalized citizens. They happen every day all over the country - and that is where you will hear patriotic stories. Unscripted, these men and women of all ages, from all over the world will tell you why becoming an American citizen is so important to them, and this is riveting stuff.

    I am an immigrant. I'm…

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