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Was looking for something or other, and found this stashed away:

Naturalization certificate for my father, Markos Moulitsas.

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That was my late father's naturalization certificate, the day he became a U.S. citizen. If you ever wonder why immigration is so important to me, it's because my family is a family of immigrants: my father from Greece, my mother from El Salvador. And while I was born in Chicago, I spent my early years in El Salvador as well, and faced many of the challenges all immigrants face today (except, notably, a fear of deportation).

I can't describe the pride I felt when I found this fading piece of paper, ran my fingers across the seal, saw how my father would've looked to me when I was four. Let's just say I had a moment. So this debate is personal to me. Very much so.

Originally posted to kos on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM PST.

Also republished by Genealogy and Family History Community and Daily Kos.

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