Erika Alma

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Erika Alma

Wildomar, CA

I’m just sitting here; tears streaming down my face. I have this feeling of sadness, and frustration. All I can think about is; why can’t they see I am American? I lost my job 8 months ago; my job was verifying the status of all the employees and I couldn’t come up with all the paper work they required so, I quit. Now, I need work, anything will do. I don’t have savings anymore, my boyfriend and his family has been kind enough to help me out. I can’t connect between what I feel I am and what people think of us undocumented immigrants. I am and feel American. I’ve lived here for 18 years going on 19. I qualify for the Dream Act. I think about all the young people that are in my shoes and can’t do anything about it. I want others to see that we have dreams, aspirations, and goals. We are humans on our way to greatness. We need the help of others make the Dream Act a law help us achieve our great potential. We are hardworking, honest, dreamers and will have a great appreciation for the American dream. All of those politicians that want us to “self deport”; the ones that quote the great American constitution don’t understand that most of us immigrants know and love such a great paper that made everybody equal. We understand the Constitution and Declaration of Independence better than Romney, and Gingrich. “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” words we live by everyday.

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