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  • Choosing to Help Others

    | Anonymous

    I decided to advocate for immigrants' rights because I had finally, after 22 years of waiting, obtained my U.S. Citizenship. Obtaining it didn't mean the end of the racial profiling, because I looked visibly Latina. I had become tired of working for a company which wanted to act as ICE - firing various undocumented workers, and constantly limiting the upward mobility of employees of color. I was able to…

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  • Given chance or opportunity, I will make a difference

    | Anonymous

    Ethnically Indian, I was born in Fiji and I came to the United States when I was three-years-old. Six months later, I became Undocumented. At the age of 23, I became Undocumented and Unafraid. Being raised in America, I caught the “American Dream” virus that was spread by teachers. In elementary school and middle school, I never knew what it meant to be undocumented; all I knew is that…

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  • American, Dutch, or German?

    | Anonymous

    When I was 3 years old, my mother met my father in Berlin, Germany while he was based at Tempelhof. My mother was a Dutch citizen but a Permanent Resident of the US from previous US marriages. My father was a US Army Soldier. He is and always will be the most amazing man in my life. After knowing me and my family (1 brother, 1 sister), he decided…

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  • Torn Apart

    | Anonymous

    In 1999, I met and married my husband. He is from Peru. In 2003, we had a son. I was born here in Virginia as was my son. Soon after we were married, we started paperwork for my husband to become a citizen.

    I knew he was not legal and didn't care because I thought .. "I am an American, when we get married, he will become an…

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  • Teaching Undocumented Children

    | Anonymous

    I teach English as a Second Language and English Literature. I didn't start teaching because I felt strongly about immigration, but I feel strongly now. I have watched intelligent, motivated young men and women struggle with issues of citizenship and education, and they haven't deserved those struggles. One student won a scholarship to a prestigious summer program in Washington, DC, but couldn't attend because he didn't have documentation for…

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