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Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education

The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists

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Susana M. Muñoz

The topic of immigration has become increasingly volatile in U.S. society, and undocumented college students play a central role in mobilizing and politicizing a critical mass of activists to push forth a pro-immigration agenda, in particular the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The DREAM Act is the only federal legislation that would grant conditional citizenship and some financial aid assistance to undocumented students who have completed two years of college or enlist in military service. Since the DREAM Act failed to pass, undocumented students have moved from peaceful marches to acts of civil disobedience, seeking to disrupt the public discourse that positions undocumented students as living in the shadows of our system. Undocumented college students have created public forums in which they «come out» from these invisible images and pronounce themselves as «undocumented and unafraid».
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Muñoz, Susana M. Identity, social activism, and the pursuit of higher education: the journey stories of undocumented and unafraid community activists / Susana M. Muñoz. pages cm. — (Critical studies of Latino/as in the Americas; v. 4) Includes bibliographical references. 1. Illegal aliens—Education (Higher)—United States. 2. Illegal alien children—Government policy—United States. 3. Illegal aliens—United States.4. Identity (Psychology)—United States. 5. Youth—Political activity—United States. 6. Students—Political activity—United States. 7. Social action—United States. 8. Youth movements—United States. 9. Educational equalization—United States. I. Title.LC3727.M86 378.19820973—dc23 2015009638 ISBN 978-1-4331-2558-4 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2557-7 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1533-2 (e-book) ISSN 2372-6822 (print) ISSN 2372-6830 (online) Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de/.

Cover photos by Steve Pavey and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), taken in 2011 (Atlanta) and 2012 (Portland)

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