My husband and I came to the US 17 years ago, with the hope of paying off the debts we had. We enter the country as tourists and overstayed our visas. Our two children were born here. We pay taxes and own a small company (in a partership with a legal resident). We are well known in our community, we don’t get in trouble and only a few friends (americans) know about our legal status.
Since we could not renew our driver licenses, my husband got one from another state, and we had spent thousands trying to get one for me, with no success. I had been driving like this for almost five years now; and going out to work, run errands and move the kids around is a living hell every single day.
I know this is not my country, but I feel people like us could give much to this society and this culture if we just had the chance. This is to me what it means to be an american. You can only be a good citizen if you are a good human being and if you can adapt to a community to help it grow.