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Dreamers

Dreamers

An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream

Dreamers is a movement book for the generation brought to the United States as children-and now fighting to live here legally

Author: Eileen Truax

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Of the approximately twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, as many as two million came as children. They grow up here, going to elementary, middle, and high school, and then the country they call home won't-in most states-offer financial aid for college and they're unable to be legally employed. In 2001, US senator Dick Durbin introduced the DREAM Act to Congress, an initiative that would allow these young people to become legal residents if they met certain requirements.

And now, more than ten years later, in the face of congressional inertia and furious opposition from some, the DREAM Act has yet to be passed. But recently, this young generation has begun organizing, and with their rallying cry "Undocumented, Unapologetic, and Unafraid" they are the newest face of the human rights movement. In Dreamers, Eileen Truax illuminates the stories of these men and women who are living proof of a complex and sometimes hidden political reality that calls into question what it truly means to be American.

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INTRODUCTION We Are All Dreamers 1
CHAPTER ONE A Student in Need 7
CHAPTER TWO Undocumented and Unafraid: Out of the Shadows 25
CHAPTER THREE Dream Seller 45
CHAPTER FOUR Back to a Strange World 61
CHAPTER FIVE California Dreaming 81
CHAPTER SIX Dreaming in Arizona 103
CHAPTER SEVEN Dying for a Dream 121
CHAPTER EIGHT Deferred Action: A Temporary Reprieve 145
CHAPTER NINE Undocuqueers: Coming Out, Twice 159
CHAPTER TEN #BringThemHome 185
EPILOGUE The Fight for Their Dreams 203
APPENDIX The DREAM Act 211
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 213
SOURCES 215

"Eileen Truax offers a gripping, close-up account of the lives of Dreamers-those young undocumented people who President Obama argued are American 'in every single way but one: on paper.' Through in-depth interviews and participation in their organizations and events, Truax captures the Dreamers' passions and hopes, as well as the heartbreaking challenges that our country's policies impose on them. She also paints a convincing portrait of the painstaking work and heady successes of one of the country's most important movements for social change in the twenty-first century." -Aviva Chomsky, author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal

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Review: Kirkus Reviews - December 14, 2014

"A forthright, moving piece of advocacy journalism."

Review: Publishers Weekly - December 15, 2014

"Truax succeeds in conveying how a shadow status permeates the lives of all the young people profiled here, with education, employment opportunities, and essential social services severely limited or unavailable."

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