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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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  • I Am American...

    | Janeth Vasquez

    I define American, to be someone that contributes to society. Even if it's an orchard job, to an office job, they are both contributing to this great country. Someone who gives back to their community by volunteering, someone who helps out peopl from their community. Someone who considers America as their home...That is how i define American

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