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  • American Dream Come True

    | Anonymous

    I came to the U.S. when I was 7 years old.

    At that time my only concern was going to Disneyland and seeing my dad who had come over to the US several months before. However as I grew up I realized that something was different about me. The first time I realized it was just before I went to junior high and was filling out paper and…

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  • An Ordinary Citizen's Perspective

    | Anonymous

    My father's family came to the US from the Netherlands in the 1850s, seeking a place to farm because the family farm there would not support so many adult children and their families.

    They were legal immigrants; I have no idea what that process involved. They settled in northwest Iowa. It was an opportunity that would be much harder to come by these days.

    I live now…

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  • The American Dream

    | Anonymous

    I truly believe in the American Dream and I've spent most of my adult life working for America. I was born here, served in the military and became disabled, became an immigration officer and worked for FEMA.

    When I was an immigration officer, I thought a lot about what it meant to me to be a citizen. Most of us take it for granted. We were born here…

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  • Why Mexican Nationals Choose Illegal Immigration Over Simply Following The Rules

    | Anonymous

    As a citizen of Austin, Texas, who works most of the year in New Mexico, I find myself in the midst of Mexicans, those of Mexican descent born here in the United States, the occasional Mexican foreign national who became a US citizen through the INS, and quite a few undocumented foreign nationals of Mexican descent as well.

    In the medical profession, my co-workers are largely older and…

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  • Mothers Serparated From Their Children

    | Anonymous

    I am an American mother and homeowner in a Chicago suburb. I have hired maids and landscapers with and without documentation through "legal" agencies. Many workers have "fake" ID or social security numbers ,so there isn't anyway to know for sure who is who, without running background checks.

    The most heartbreaking stories for me, are those involving Moms. Consider the plight of mothers and children isolated on both…

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