Define American

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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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  • Define Immigrant

    | Anonymous

    Every natural born American should attend a swearing in ceremony for newly naturalized citizens. They happen every day all over the country - and that is where you will hear patriotic stories. Unscripted, these men and women of all ages, from all over the world will tell you why becoming an American citizen is so important to them, and this is riveting stuff.

    I am an immigrant. I'm…

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  • My Awakening to My Own Family's History

    | Anonymous

    I am very typical of the baby boomer Americans-mid-50's, born here as a third generation descendant of Italian immigrants, who I thought, like millions others believe, came here "legally". When in 2006 my family and I got tired of all the "immigrant bashing" in Georgia and decided to start a family initiative to welcome them to our communities (which quickly became a "movement"), I was surprised by the backlash…

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  • The Dream Continues To Be Woven

    | Anonymous

    As a child growing up in farm county in Santa Cruz, California, I saw the trucks carrying the "braceros" to the fields. We drove past the shanties fieldworkers lived in, saw their laundry flying in the wind, saw the cars lined up in the fields as people picked strawberries, harvested brussel sprouts and lettuce, all backbreaking daylong. I heard people on the school bus call their children "beaners."

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