Despite severe health issues, Sanchez says he's fortunate, especially compared to his father, who lived on the streets from the age of 7 after his mother abandoned the family and his father died.
Paul Mc Ewen, 40 Mc Ewen knows he can earn good money as an information technology consultant. He's hoping to start working full-time and earning more once he obtains additional credentials.
The first settlers hoped for freedom of religion; in their home countries they had been persecuted because of their religious and political views.
Bad living conditions in Europe and the hope for better living standards in America attracted more and more settlers to migrate to the new world.
Single with no children, she says she has more choices and faces less discrimination than her mother, who had the first of her nine children when she was just 17.
Ray Sanchez, 51 Family is the most important part of the American Dream for Sanchez.
Her goal: To set her 10-year-old son on the right path.
We sent photographer John Loomis to six cities in six days to capture images of people who said they still believe that they, or their children, have a better shot of achieving the American Dream than their parents did.
All these people don't even realize that all their hard work is being manipulated by speculators on wall street for debt pool bond sales and that they are in fact contributing to the demise of the American dream because they take out so much debt to showboat the lifestyles they can't afford.
Look at the cost of higher education and the fact student loans cannot be bankrupted.