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  • Embacing optimism

    | Anonymous

    My father was a first generation American born to Russian-Jewish immigrants. My mother was born into a family of New England yankees. I am married to a man whose father was born in Puerto Rico and whose mother was born in Rhode Island from a background of Welsh and English. I have lived in California, Hawaii, Texas, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, crossing the country back in the days of…

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  • Brought to America

    | Anonymous

    My story begins like many others. I was brought to America as a teen by my mother. We came from England to Canada, and crossed the border illegally there. I was not told that we were illegal until we were close to the border, when I was told what to say if asked. I didn't go to school, and lived in fear of the Border Patrol. We later, crossed…

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  • A Lithuanian Immigrant story

    | Anonymous

    I am 84 years old and this is the story of an illegal immigrant, my father.

    At the age of 16 after wandering over Europe working at any job to secure money for passage to North America, my father was able to board a ship to Halifax, Canada. Passage there cost less than passage to Ellis Island.

    On foot my father crossed illegally into the United States…

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  • Mothers Serparated From Their Children

    | Anonymous

    I am an American mother and homeowner in a Chicago suburb. I have hired maids and landscapers with and without documentation through "legal" agencies. Many workers have "fake" ID or social security numbers ,so there isn't anyway to know for sure who is who, without running background checks.

    The most heartbreaking stories for me, are those involving Moms. Consider the plight of mothers and children isolated on both…

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  • Why Mexican Nationals Choose Illegal Immigration Over Simply Following The Rules

    | Anonymous

    As a citizen of Austin, Texas, who works most of the year in New Mexico, I find myself in the midst of Mexicans, those of Mexican descent born here in the United States, the occasional Mexican foreign national who became a US citizen through the INS, and quite a few undocumented foreign nationals of Mexican descent as well.

    In the medical profession, my co-workers are largely older and…

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