I spent the last 15 years trying to become an American. I've failed.
I have lived in America for the past 15 years. I have two Ivy League degrees. And I am on the verge of deportation. Despite being an "honorary American," as I have often jokingly introduced myself, I am in fact a citizen of New Zealand. I was 18 years old when I first came to America. I still remember the excitement I felt when, very late at night, my flight from Auckland touched down at JFK.