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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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  • Waiting for My Love

    | Anonymous

    It took 47 years for me to find the "right" man. I refused to settle for less than that. Through prayer and determination, I was rewarded with a marriage that is everything I dreamed. My wonderful, hard-working husband is an undocumented immigrant.

    Under the current law, he would have to return to Mexico for 10 years before he could immigrate legally. I don't speak Spanish well enough to…

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  • Ex-Undocumented

    | Anonymous

    I'm Carlos Hernandez, born in Mexico, living in the U.S. since the age of 9. I'm an ex-would-be-beneficiary of the DREAM Act. I'm a U.S. citizen now, I am an engineer, I am hardworking, I contribute more than I'd ever have if still undocumented and I support the DREAM Act.

    Due to immigration status I missed out on opportunities to exercise my degree with the likes of Chevron…

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  • Exiled in Queretaro, Mexico

    | Anonymous

    Querétaro, Mexico Oct. 11, 2011 My name is Nicole Salgado, and I'm an ecologist, educator, and activist originally from upstate New York. I met my husband in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, after which my life was changed forever. Because of his immigration record, my husband had what is considered the permanent bar.

    We wanted to make things right, but our options were limited. Our lives…

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  • I am American

    | Anonymous

    I come from parents who are natives of Mexico. I come from a father with a 3rd grade education and a mother with a diploma from a Catholic Convent, though my parents both were living in the United States when they met. They started a life together in one of Los Angeles County's many immigrant enclaves, and I was meant to be an American born success story.


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