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Jennifer Soto

Jennifer is gathering 10 signatures to

Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Cir) In 2015!

My family is affected by the backwards immigration system. Love isn't about which part of the world you were born in or how you managed to get here to meet me. Love is about finding that one person in the 6 billion+ that you can't manage to be without and creating your life together. When that life is in visioned in your home country that you found pride in, that you believed in, that you felt safe in-- it is only natural to want to stay here. When you know the trials your new love went to so that they could have a shot at a good life and a chance to live a long life- you understand why they chose your great country. The worst feeling is believing in something and watching it fall apart in front of you. I believed in our processes in the US and our laws. I believed in my right to vote and that my vote had some sort of power. I trusted in my elected officials and truly believed in our systems. That's when I was slapped with the hard reality that our systems are not set up to be successful but designed to get people to stop before they start and ultimately set them up to fail. At 30 years old, after spending my childhood enraptured by politics and so excited to be able to reach 18 so that I could finally exercise my right to vote--to change my country for the better. At 30, when I learned about our immigration system, my heart broke. I remember voting for the border when I lived in Arizona. It made sense when all you saw on the news was gun smugglers and kidnappers and drug dealers crossing the borders. I don't want them here. Put up the fence, right? In my innocence, I never realized that normal people made the dangerous journey across the border to take care of their families. When I was 18 I went to Guatemala and saw the world they lived in. I stayed in a rural area and it was devastatingly eye opening. I had $100 in my pocket to last 3 weeks. I was able to buy gifts for my family, candy and soda for the village kids daily, food and junk for myself and still have money left. The exchange rate was 7:1. 7 quetzales to 1 American dollar. It was like having $700 my pocket. A soda cost around 40 centavos. Which would be equivalent to approximately 5 cents here! I felt like Rockefeller! I didn't stop to think that the standard amount someone makes in a year is under $2000 US dollars. A YEAR. In 2010, 31% of their women were illiterate. 75% of their country lives below the poverty level. 55% lives below the extreme poverty line. 50% of the kids under the age of 5 suffer from chronic under malnutrition. In the highlands that number shoots to 70%. Here's my young, thought I was educated mind, feeling annoyed by the begging. I had no idea. And I wanted to stop these people from wanting our measly $6 an hour at McDonalds jobs? This is a reason why this matters to me. This is just one country. This one country is my heart because it holds the rest of my family. My family because I fell in love with a great man who was birthed in this beautiful country. Recuerdo Guatemala.

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Leslie Landy

Leslie is gathering 10 signatures to

Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Cir) In 2015!

This reform means so much to me, I grew up with many friends I knew all my life and until know where we begin to work that I noticed how many are undocumented making it hard for them to get any type of job. Never once have I seen them do anything wrong, it doesn't seem fair that it's so hard for them to do, what it seems to me, easy things to do so difficult. Everyone should have a fair chance, their are countless of stories of people growing up to become something from nothing, the ones that I've been inspired the most are undocumented aliens. Coming to an unknown country and working to strive for the best. Help them just get what they deserve.

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Lilly Perez

Lilly is gathering 10 signatures to

Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Cir) In 2015!

Stop separating families! I've been living a pretty tough life for about four years now without my fathers help! He was deported in 2010 and ever since I can't get my life together. I work hard for my family but without my fathers help it's hopeless! Please sign this petition! We need a reform! For all those kids with out their parents! For all those parents without their children! We work hard to make a living. Not all immigrants are the same. Most want happiness and live the American dream!

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Victor Espinoza

Victor is gathering 10 signatures to

Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Cir) In 2015!

My name is Victor and I have lived in this wonderful country since I believe I was 2 years old. I have done all ofmy schooling in California and I right now enrolled in College. I am right now part of DACA ( Dream Acr) and I am thrilled to be attending school worry free of being denied or judged because of my legal status!! I have only traveled by airplane in California and to Las Vegas, Nevada but I currently want to be able to explore different parts of the world but living in the U.S., it's tough not feeling free to do some normal things that all of my friends do, simply because of my legal status. My parents are two of the worlds most hard working people on this earth but unfortunately, neither of them have been able to see my grandparents in over 25 years avatar they are afraid of the consequences that may come about but not just for us/me but for all of the families who face or know my situation that is very frustrating :-(. Just know that by approving such reform, many, millions of people will be able to legally work and contribute to this wonderful nation! Please congress, do think of the immigrants who have been lawfully loyal contributing citizens of this wonderful nation! Thank you!! -Victor Espinoza

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