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  • Family facing devastation and separation

    | Anonymous

    My story begins before I was even born. My mom(an American citizen) married my dad, that at the time was an "illegal immigrant" from Mexico. My dad worked very hard (and still does) in the fields since he first came here. He obtained his Resident card 35-40 plus years ago thru his employer. When I was old enough to walk, talk and hold a strawberry pint basket I helped…

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  • Making American Inclusive

    | Anonymous

    To me, the issue of defining an American is inclusive. Anyone who lives in America, grows up in America, participates in American society or government is an America. For that matter, anyone who considers him or herself to be an American is an American.

    Unfortunately, as a nation we often define an American in an exclusive, rather than inclusive manner. We ask ourselves, Who is not an American?…

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  • The Best Student in BBC

    | Anonymous

    I have lived in this country for 10 Years. I left my home country, Ecuador when I was 27. I went away after living through years of domestic violence.

    I did not know what to do here, but I knew that education was the best way to take. I finished Bergen Community College with honors and now I am doing my masters at New Jersey Institute of Technology.…

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  • A Tomorrow Worth Pursuing

    | Anonymous

    In the words of Arthur Miller, "When today fails to offer a justification for hope, tomorrow becomes the only grail worth pursuing".

    Being an undocumented immigrant brought to the United States as a kid, such has been my pursuit. In an immigrant society which has, by definition, chosen to reject the past; faith in the future is not a matter of choice. The details of how I got…

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  • Neither Here nor There

    | Anonymous

    I was born here in the US, but I might as well have lived 18 years of my life as an undocumented immigrant.

    Why? I have been limited of living a full life because my mother is undocumented.

    I have been given many opportunities here, but I have had to do them alone or have had to deny them. When all my friends tell me they've gone…

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