This is amazing, I really don’t like Time (too mainstream) but I’m sure getting this issue and I hope that everyone else does. Their story is such a common one, and one that is so close to my heart. We are all Americans, we are all Humans, and we are all ONE!

Ideas

A year ago this month, I wrote an essay for the New York Times “coming out” about my status as an undocumented immigrant — what many people call an “illegal.” I told of my journey of being sent from the Philippines to the U.S. at age 12 without knowing I didn’t have the right papers; graduating from college and working as a successful journalist; and relying on a support network of American citizens (my high school principal and superintendent among them) to get me through. But mine is just one story. So with the help of friends and supporters, I founded a campaign called Define American, to document the lives of the undocumented and harness the support of our allies around this very controversial and misunderstood issue.

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There are an estimated 11.5 million people like me in this country, human beings with stories as varied as that…

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