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Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education

The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists


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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Este libro es para los activistas indocumentados que se encuentran en toda la nación, quienes inspiran, actúan buscando el cambio y comprometerse a luchar contra las injusticias detrás del sistema inmigratorio. Sus voces son necesarias, importantes y muy valiosas.

For the undocumented immigration activists in this book and across the nation, who inspire, agitate, infiltrate, and interrogate the injustices of our immigration system. Your voices are needed, important, and valued.

For Julisa and Mirely. ← vii | viii →

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