Define American

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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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  • Working for the Dream Act as an American Citizen

    | Anonymous

    my story; I am an American Citizen who worked for many months to help get the California Dream Act passed. I believe the "fence" needs to be redesigned to allow those who want to give their talents to America the chance to. Children should remain with their parents; and parents should be allowed to watch their children give back to what was given to them. If we, as a country,…
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  • From CA

    | Anonymous

    I moved to the US in November 12, 2002. America is my home, and I want to work hard to improve the life of fellow immigrants like myself and other Americans. We love America as much as anyone native-born here. It is the land I want to grow old in.
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  • What I learned from teaching interpersonal communications

    | Afi Scruggs

    Whenever you teach, you learn. I wasn't thrilled about teaching interpersonal communications until I realized the book I'd been assigned had a multicultural approach. Then preparing for my lectures became absorbing and fascinating. But my definition of American was solidified when I read the chapter on power hierarchies. That's when I learned that Americans, almost more than any other society, worship the notion of individuality. As I pondered, I realized…
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  • A Matter of Faith

    | Anonymous

    My mother came here with $5 in her pocket. She believed that through hardwork, sacrifice, and a commitment to personal responsibility she would succeed. Everyday she wakes up at 5 am and abides by those values, sometimes working two jobs to make ends meet and to provide a good education to me and my younger sister. After five years of separation, my mom decided that it was time for me…
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  • What is a good American?

    | Walter Barger

    To me, "American" represents the values that I was raised with that define our society. Growing up in the South, I learned from my family and school that America stands for Freedom and Democracy. I learned from my church about Love, that God gave his son to bear all of our sins, and Justice, that we are to love others as God has loved us. A good American is one…
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