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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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  • The Golden Door--slammed in our face.

    | Anonymous

    "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, Tempest-tossed to me I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" These are the words on the Statue of Liberty welcoming the immigrants of the world to the Super Power of the world. America is the light of the world, it is that very title that…
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  • How do I define American

    | Anonymous

    I believe American is defined by personal traits and beliefs. A strong work ethic, honesty, respect, pride, and allegiance to this nation is what defines an American.
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  • Pro-immigration means pro-growth

    | Anonymous

    I have an economics degree from one of Canada's best universities. I have a Master's degree from one of the USA's largest universities. Yet the money I have expended and the agony I have endured to legally stay in the US is an example of over-regulated, big government run amok. I work in the financial industry, I identify as an economic/fiscal conservative and as such, I believe in free trade…
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  • Firsthand Witness

    | Amarili Galvez

    I am a US citizen, born in America to a Cuban mother and Ecuadorean father, neither of whom had any problems gaining permanent residency when they first arrived here. I have been spared the tragic impotence felt by many when they cannot do the basic, everyday things the rest of us take for granted. By chance, my first boyfriend of 7 years didn't have his papers. It was my first…
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  • Accepting

    | Anonymous

    I grew up in a multicultural neighborhood. Black, white, Hispanic, you name it. My own ancestors came to the US between the early 1700s and late 1800s, but I have no quarrel with anyone who's arrived more recently. I'd like to see a clear and feasible path to citizenship for anyone who has been here 5 years or more. And I'd like to offer a one-way ticket OUT of here…
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