I AM UN•DOC•U•MENT•ED (ən-’dä-kyə-,men-təd)• I am not a citizen nor a legal permanent resident of the United States.• Came to the U.S. when I was 3 in 1994 on tourist visas• Kept this a secret until I was 19/20
THE DREAM ACT• Federal DREAM Act • D.R.E.A.M. = Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors • Would provide a pathway to citizenship based on certain criteria (age, education, background, etc.)• Illinois DREAM Act • Passed in August 2011 • Not a pathway to citizenship, assists undocumented students in their education• “DACA” • D.A.C.A. = Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals • 2 year protection for undocumented immigrants under 31 who came before age 16
JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS• Undocumented Filipino immigrant & Pulitzer Prize winning journalist• Came out in June 2011• Continues to advocate for immigrant rights • Founded the organization “Define American”
IMMIGRANT YOUTH JUSTICE LEAGUE(IYJL)• Chicago based organization led by undocumented youth and their allies• Started centered around the pending deportation of a UIC student in 2010• Advocate for/support undocumented immigrants and their families• Started the “Coming Out of the Shadows” rally that has spread throughout the nation
“CHICAGO 6”• Six IYJL members arrested in August 2011 protesting the Secure Communities Program
FINAL PROJECT• An exploration of my journey of “coming out of the shadows”• Appropriating sound/video from fellow undocumented youth, will include photos that I have taken• May include a spoken word piece
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