Kami Cook

Kami Cook

Danville, NH

I am an American in this country. And this country was founded by people seeking religious freedoms, and by immigrants. The earliest americans came here without permission seeking a better life for themselves and their families – just like the people that come here today. I know this because I am married to one – though it is so expensive to try to legalize my husband that we choose to live seperately.

My husband came here in 1998 seeking to better his own life and that of his parents and siblings. Two years after he got here he lost his mother and has never returned home to Mexico to mourn her. He was here on 9/11, and just as scared as I was about the safety of OUR country. In a much simpler time people came into the United States the same way many immigrants still do – by sneaking in. I have no records of some of my relatives entering legally as of 1870. The only ones I know are ones that were born here.

I think my husband is just as much American as we are – he’s lived his life the same way we have all our lives, except he’s had to do it in a dangerous way. I have been with my husband since 2002 – we got married on Christmas Eve 2004 – when our oldest son was one week old. We now also have another son who was born in 2007.

I hope someday it will be easier on my sons. I hope that one day my sons can have their father here permanently – but I do not see it happening. Our politicians out there are still far too racist to notice all the wrong they are doing. I hope someday that this country is full of non-US-born Americans, cause those are the ones who are more proud. They work their behinds off for a better life. They dont live off our systems. They raise their children with their spouses. I am an AMERICAN yet I cannot define an American today. I just know my husband was hurting as much as I was when the US was attacked, that makes him just as good as me.

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