All Americans

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Allan Legarta, 44

Country of Origin: Philippines
Place of Residence: Lathrop

"Finally my dream of becoming a U.S. citizen was realized. It was emotional, you know, and overwhelming. I've been here for 10 years. I grew up in the Philippines, where my wife was working as a teacher and me as a police [officer] and a nurse, but we could not afford even to buy a car. Over here, as long as you work, you can send your children to school, you can help other people and you have benefits. I have a son in high school who is 17. I told him to make the most of the opportunities here in America. He is studying now. He wants to be a pharmacist. It was hard to give up citizenship [in our native country], but we finally decided we want to be here forever."

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