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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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  • @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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  • The Edgar Brothers

    | Edgar Castro

    I wrote this to inform others about our story as immigrant students. This is the story of a journey to education of two Venezuelan-born brothers who aspire to finish college and begin their careers as professional individuals. Edgar Jose Castro Tello, 26, and Edgar Jesus Castro Tello, 20, both immigrated to the United States in 1999 with their parents Edgar Jose Castro Maldonado and Aleyda Walkiria Tello de Castro looking…
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  • John Maeda: What it Means to be an American

    | Anonymous

    John Maeda is the president of the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a Japanese-American author, graphic designer, computer scientist, university professor, and was named one of the 21 most important people in the 21st century by Esquire magazine. His work in design and technology explores the area where the two fields merge. This is how he sees what it means to be an American.
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  • National Immigration Integration Conference Defines American

    | Anonymous

    Participants at the National Immigration Integration Conference Define American
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  • How Jose Defines American

    | Anonymous

    I define American as someone who works hard ...who's proud of this country and wants to contribute. ...who's not a burden on anyone.
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