Define American

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  • The Values We Share

    | Anonymous

    My name is Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and I “define American” by the values we share. Americans see opportunities, despite obstacles. We innovate and improve instead of accepting the status quo. Americans aren’t afraid to dream and they don’t give in when times are tough. I don’t define Americans by how they got here-- but rather, how they are working to be productive and…

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  • A Prisoner in Freedom

    | Anonymous

    I am from Brazil and have been living illegally in American for 12 years.

    I have loved this country since I was a young boy. From a poor family, I dreamed about living here. My family didnt understand why. They even had no idea where American really was in the map. But I did. While all my friends were playing, I was memorizing English vocabulary, reading about American…

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  • My Best Friend

    | Anonymous

    My best friend is an undocumented immigrant. She believes in working hard and taking care of herself and her family. She believes in God. She loves her neighbors and helps those less fortunate than she is, even though she is struggling to get by herself. She believes in protecting the earth and living frugally. She helps me appreciate the many blessings and opportunities that I sometimes take for granted…

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  • I am not from Jupiter

    | Anonymous

    They say its shameful that we're wrong, corrupt, drug dealers, illiegals, aliens some terms more offensive than the next. When I was younger I couldn't understand why the country I loved, the only one I knew and was my home rejected us so much. My family lived a quiet life, my father would lecture us on the importance of demeanor and character represented not only ourselves but our family.…

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  • Civil Engineer & Former Undocumented Immigrant

    | Anonymous

    I am a proud American Citizen and a former undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, legalized through the 1986 Amnesty. According to the media, I DO NOT EXIST. You see, I have practiced as a civil engineer for most of the past 20 years. I am an aspiring writer. I vote at every election. I volunteer at local schools and give generously to community groups. I am living proof that…

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