Define American

Using the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation around citizenship

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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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  • 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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  • Broken dream, broken heart

    | Anonymous

    I came to the US when i was 15. I was born in Mexico. I came alone in a plane with a Visa (tourist) I wanted to be part of the American culture and give my skills to the society. I knew no English. I ended up in my aunt's house but being rejected by my cousins because my ways were too Mexican and i didn't knew English. At school,…
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  • My chronicles as an undocumented

    | Anonymous

    My story starts with single mother with a small child who happens to be born in Mexico. My name is Erika, I am that small child. My mother decided to give me a better life and she left me with my grandmother at a very young age. She moved to the U.S and would send money so I could go to a private school. By the time I was nine…
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  • Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) shares his definition of "American"

    | Anonymous

    Senator Michael Bennett (CO) is is an American businessman, lawyer, and politician. He is currently the junior United States Senator from Colorado, and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously worked as managing director for the Anschutz Investment Company, chief of staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, and the superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
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  • @Digiphile on America, Shared Values, and Immigration

    | Anonymous

    Alexander B. Howard is the Government 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media, where he reports on technology, open government and online civics. These are his thoughts on America, shared values, and immigration
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