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  • Doing It Legally and Yet Still Living in the Shadows

    | Anonymous

    I came to United States from the Philippines on a tourist visa in 2001 with my family. We really had no plans of migrating but my friend convinced me to give it a try. My first experience on how broken the immigration system is was when I applied for an extension of stay. My lawyer filed it 2 weeks before my visa was to expire.

    Unfortunately, while they…

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  • Big City, Big Realizations

    | Anonymous

    I moved from a tiny town in Pennsylvania to the much larger city of Columbus, Ohio to go to college in August of 2008. I had moved to a big, unfamiliar city all by myself to get an education and to play softball, not realizing that after one year and many tears later, I would be quitting softball; the only thing that made me, "me" for the past 13…

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  • What Do We Deserve?

    | Anonymous

    My husband and I came to the US 17 years ago, with the hope of paying off the debts we had. We enter the country as tourists and overstayed our visas. Our two children were born here. We pay taxes and own a small company (in a partership with a legal resident). We are well known in our community, we don't get in trouble and only a few friends…

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  • On being a first generation Child of Holocaust Survivors

    | Pinhas Brown

    On being a first generation Child of Holocaust Survivors My family and I came to the United States in 1968 from Prague, Czechoslovakia. My parents were Jewish, and they were both orphans, having lost their immediate and extended families in concentration camps. Without a strong Jewish community in Prague, they felt isolated. My father wished to emigrate to Israel or to the United States or Canada. He gained a…

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  • American Dream?

    | Anonymous

    My impression is always that most people from impoverished third world countries (myself included) come to America to better their lives, to have a share in the abundance of this land of milk and honey or in other words to fulfill their so-called American Dream. America is always seen as the ultimate fulfillment of our happiness and dreams that we ached to come here no matter what it takes.…

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