This Tuesday, April 10, 2012 photo shows Alaa Mukahhal in Chicago. Mukahhal was born in Kuwait of Palestinian parents and has been in this country illegally since she was seven. She graduated from the... more 
This Tuesday, April 10, 2012 photo shows Alaa Mukahhal in Chicago. Mukahhal was born in Kuwait of Palestinian parents and has been in this country illegally since she was seven. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in architecture, but cannot work in her field because of her illegal status. "I breathe American air, travel on American roads, eat American food, listen to American radio, watch American TV, dress in American clothing," she says. "I have attended private and public American schools, read American authors, was taught by American teachers, speak with an American accent, passionately debate American politics and use American idioms and expressions. A piece of paper cannot define me. I am a Muslim, an Arab, a Palestinian and an American." (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By M. Spencer Green
Sat, May 19, 2012 4:34 PM EDT