New York is home to over 750,000 undocumented immigrants (Pew Hispanic Center, 2014), many of whom live in mixed-status families. This presentation will address state and national policies through the lens of some remarkable undocumented youth, to illustrate the realities, challenges and opportunities they face through high school, college, and beyond. Participants will view Living Undocumented, a 17-minute documentary, a film co-produced and directed by the presenter, which explores the lives of 6 DREAMers (undocumented youth), who portray the realities of our nation's immigration system and its impact on undocumented students. The presentation will include an overview of current immigration issues such as the NY DREAM Act, and federal programs including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA; Regular and Expanded, and Deferred Action for Parenthood Accountability (DAPA), as well as updates on comprehensive immigration reform. When possible, DREAMers from the film or those who are willing speak about this topic publically will be invited to participate in these sessions as their voices and experiences will add a valuable perspective to this conversation.
Funded project of the New York Humanities Council. The New York Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.