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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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  • 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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  • My Journey to El Norte

    | Marcos C

    One cold morning of December 1993 I along with two siblings embarked in a journey that would forever change our life. I remember my Grandfather walking with us from our home in our small town to the bus central station. We knew that we were heading out to “al norte” as it is commonly known in my town. As the bus drove through the middle of the town leaving behind…
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  • Russell Simmons Defines American

    | Anonymous

    USA Today recently named Russell Simmons one of the Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years, honored for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy. He has been instrumental in bringing the powerful influence of hip-hop culture to every facet of business and media since its inception in the late 1970s. This is how…
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  • Benjamin Patton Defines American

    | Anonymous

    Benjamin Patton is the grandson of World War II's General George S. Patton Jr.and son of Major General George S Patton. This is how Benjamin defines American
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  • Reshma Saujani Defines American

    | Anonymous

    Reshma Saujani is an Indian-American lawyer and political entrepreneur. She was the first Indian-American woman (and the first South Asian American woman) to run for Congress.
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