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  • The American Dream

    | Anonymous

    I truly believe in the American Dream and I've spent most of my adult life working for America. I was born here, served in the military and became disabled, became an immigration officer and worked for FEMA.

    When I was an immigration officer, I thought a lot about what it meant to me to be a citizen. Most of us take it for granted. We were born here…

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  • An Ordinary Citizen's Perspective

    | Anonymous

    My father's family came to the US from the Netherlands in the 1850s, seeking a place to farm because the family farm there would not support so many adult children and their families.

    They were legal immigrants; I have no idea what that process involved. They settled in northwest Iowa. It was an opportunity that would be much harder to come by these days.

    I live now…

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  • Our Immigration Story

    | Anonymous

    Sadly my husband has been in mandatory detention for almost 8 months. He has what immigration calls a "conviction" even though the state does not recognize it as such. He will be subject to a permanent ban from the country. We have a 6 year old son who wants his daddy home.

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  • American, Americans

    | Anonymous

    I, like many children of the baby boomer generation were part of a great assimilation experiment; we were taught to speak only English and punished if we spoke Spanish or any other language in school. Consequently growing up in Denver Colorado became a confusing experience. At home my parents spoke English and Spanish, listened to music by Frank Sinatra, Perry Come and the Trio Los Panchos. We ate tortillas,…

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  • Mission Being Accomplished

    | Anonymous

    I define America as the Country my father was invited to, as a top professional, the country that gave me the tools for a college education, the country where I my weekly salary as a dishwasher is higher than my monthly salary as a journalist in Portugal. A country that needs people like me that speaks 3 languages fluently plus two languages...where my language skills have been essential upgrading…

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