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    Immigration: How does it affect you?

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     For AyalaNancy, her greatest dream was to one day to be wearing a pair of dress blues in the United States Marine Corps, but says she has long given up on that dream. "I'm sad for giving up. I felt like I gave up when I left the country, when I should of stayed and fought for my rights. I don´t want to risk my life trying to go back in an illegal way, it's just not right," she says. "I just hope the "Dream Act" is not a distraction or something temporary just to obtain votes. I am excited for the people that qualify.I get motivated when I see all that young people asking for help and it´s good to know that I´m not alone in this dream."
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    My name is Nancy. At the age of nine I arrived to Oregon, United States, where I finished my elementary school, middle school, high school and one year of college. Why did I move to the States? I still don´t know, for a better education, for a better life. I´m just one of the many. At the age of 17 I deicide to join the United States Marine Corps (USMC) as I always dreamed. When I found out I didn´t counted with a social security number my dreams were over. I had dreams but I had no way to complete them. Sadly my whole family is undocumented. I was the first one to graduate from high school and the first one with the intentions to attend college. But that was it, just intentions and dreams. At the age of 19, I decided to move on, so move to my native country, Mexico, leaving my family, friends, culture and everything else behind just so I could continue with my college experience and to make my family proud. I been here for 10 months, I cry every night, missing my family and God knows when I´ll see them again. This new law made me happy but there´s no way back for me. How can I apply? What can I do? …Nothing. My dreams were over long time ago; my intentions to fight for the country that raised me are over. I can do nothing but smile whenever I think about that dark blue uniform and the striped flag. So how does immigration affects me? It´s easy to answer, not easy to handle.
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