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Luckily for me, my grandparents and parents were American citizens which meant it wasn't a problem becoming one myself in 1983.
Besides having a better chance of survival here in America- there's also ways for people to get ahead in life compared to where I was born. As long as you work hard, avoid drugs and alcohol, and be peaceful- you will better see the choices you have here in America.
It's not only about staying alive but the groups of people you spend time with. Here in America, you can live in immigrant communities or assimilate. It may not be as simple as that but my opinion is if you work hard, avoid drugs & alcohol, and be peaceful- improving one's lot is easier here than it is in the Philippines.
I believe I'm more accomplished here in America due to its combination of free speech, civil rights, prosperity, and free enterprise. flash version
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