Sometimes I think about the difference between being American by birth and American by choice. Being American by birth I can only imagine what it is like to come to this place in life by choice. The closest example i can identify with would maybe to be a convert to a religion that was not your of your family and upbringing. It must mean seeing something that may not be obvious to those who reached this point by birth.
However we have come to be American, it's important to realize we are all equal in our American Nationality. One way or the other, unless we are American Indians, we have roots to somewhere else. Maybe by way of our parents, grandparents, their parents or even further back, but we are a nation of great diversity and I believe that is one of the great strengths of this country. The American experience is multi-cultural, and that can only enrich us all.