I am an undocumented "American" student and have been living in this country, the country I call home, for 11 years. I originally came from Brazil at the age of 9.
To many, I am an illegal alien, a criminal, someone who came to this country to take away Americans' opportunities. They do not know that my family has been trying to do the right thing from the moment we arrived. We've been scammed multiple times by people who said they were lawyers. We've paid taxes every year, and made effort to assimilate to the American culture.
I recently graduated from a community college and was accepted into an Ivy League school, but was unable to attend because I am not eligible for financial aid.
submitted to Define American on July 1, 2011 at 10:10
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