Define American

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  • Ashley O'Kurley

    | Anonymous

    I am enormously sympathetic to immigrants and I applaud the effort to include all perspectives. I look like a stereotypical "all-American" -- played football in college, leader in my Fraternity, established in the financial profession, pro-business outward-looking worldview, etc. But I have been struggling for five years in the Labor Certification process trying to get my Green Card.

    I think that a light needs to be…

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  • For the Millions of Families Who Are Just Like Us

    | Anonymous

    I define American, not by being born here, but by embodying the american spirit. Through hard work and perseverance accepting all humans as friends. Understanding it is the differences in him, her, you, and me that make this country so amazing. Understanding that everyone has a story to share.

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  • Coming Out for Immigration Reform

    | Anonymous

    I define American as striving for a more perfect union.

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  • Coming Out to a Teacher

    | Anonymous

    Miguel Pimentel came to the US when he was 11 years old, and has long dreamed of a career in education. In an interview with Define American, he talks about how and why he shared his immigration status with his professor, and how that helped him achieve his dream.

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  • #CollegeBound

    | Anonymous

    I define America as "the land of the dreams". They either come true or they fail, it depends on you!! I came to the United States when I was just 3 years old. I don't remember how my life in Mexico was. One could simply see me and think I was born here but, I'm not. I am illegal!

    I have been discriminated against before. In 4th grade,…

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