Define American

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  • I am a DREAMER...well almost...

    | Anonymous

    Meet Gabriela. A DREAMER... well almost... She missed the age-at entry requirement by a couple of months.

    After reading her story, don't you think she more than deserves a shot too?

    "I, Gabriela Monico, hereby declare as follows: My name is Gabriela Monico. I am a resident of California. I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. I came to the United States in November 2005 on…

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  • Done Dreaming

    | Esmy Jimenez

    My name is Esmy Jimenez. I was raised in a small town in Washington State known for agriculture and friendly people. I graduated from the local high school as the Senior Class President. I was in National Honor Society and enrolled in all the AP classes my school provided. I even ran on the cross country team and (attempted) to play tennis. On weekends I worked for a catering company…
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  • No Papers Necessary.

    | Anonymous

    My name is Pat. My first "American" family member got to these shores in 1621. His name is William Claiborne and there is a plaque dedicated to him in the church at Jamestown. However, the other half of my family is Irish. The Irish side of my family, while I am not certain, very likely arrived here without any papers since they fled here during the famine. So, in…

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  • I am an American, but I live in the shadows...

    | Anonymous

    In 1998, I met my immigrant husband in Chicago while I was in AmeriCorps and going to school. By that time, he had been in the US for almost 10 years--he had earned his GED, learned English, and moved up from his original position as dishwasher to become a kitchen manager. We fell in love. In 2002, we got married in his hometown in Mexico. We were told that petitioning…
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  • I Teach Americans. So What?

    | Anonymous

    While sitting at a scholarship pageant, I remember how an idyllic teenage girl explained that her dream was to become a teacher. I was a cynical teen in those days and so I rolled my eyes as her sweet, but very breathy voice tinkled the words, "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." I had to chew on the sides of…
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  • Eli Pariser - How I Define American

    | Anonymous

    Eli is the former executive director of and is the current board president. He is the author of the book "The Filter Bubble." This is how he defines "American."
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  • Elisa Camahort Page: How I Define American

    | Anonymous

    Elisa is the co-founder and COO of the extraordinary network of women bloggers, This is how she defines "American."
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  • Ebong Eka - How I Define American

    | Anonymous

    Ebong is also a tax and small business expert who frequently appears on MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, NBC and CNN. This is how he defines "American."
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  • I am feeling in your shoes

    | Dalilah Defuentez

    I came to America, to accomplish my dream, to Do my Masters Degree, and become part of the America Working Class with proud and discipline and become American Citizen, but that dream it has becomes a nightmare, I consider myself as an Honorable Resident without the proper paper to work and accomplish my dreams. In March I was driving a car, and unfortunately I did not notice the car had…
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  • I came for love...

    | Anonymous

    Hi everyone, I came here not long ago. Im born in germany and my parents are spaniards so I have no possibilitys to get a Permanent Visa. when I came here to visit my boyfriend it was nothing permanent. But after a while I knew I dont want to go back, it is not the country. I really love my boyfriend. together we tried to figur out how I can…
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