Truax gives us an inside look at the challenges these students face trying to reach better opportunities. In a country they call home, young dreamers cannot advance economically or educationally. For example, not being able to attend college or have a social security number to apply for jobs. Their stories are personal and powerful and will have you wanting more. She explains to the reader how the dreamers have pushed for having a legal immigration status since , when Senator Richard Durbin proposed the Dream Act in Congress. Truax presents young brave dreamers, who one by one created a movement by telling their story that will help others just like them overcome the injustices they face for entering the country unwillingly.
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They are people with no documents to make their residency in this country legal, a country they call their own. They are people who are denied access to important benefits. They are people who fear being deported every day to a country they barely know. Truax has spent tremendous amount of time in different communities and has learned that changing U.
The book is a result of almost a decade covering immigration in Los Angeles. Almost 12 years later, she still lives in the U. Not only does she like it here, but she wants to stay because there are stories that need to be told.
For seven years, she covered immigration issues, Mexican immigrant communities as well as other Central American immigrant communities for the publication. Although young dreamers are given an education, they are left to themselves after high school, which marks the beginning of the real struggle. As the presentation progressed, it became clear that gaining access to certain benefits are just one element to a larger issue.
Raising awareness, telling the personal stories, is the beginning. Getting these stories, however, is not always an easy task. A young woman in the crowd expressed the difficulties she has faced getting some of these stories. Not only because you have a deadline or you have a specific topic to report. I ask you: Is there anything more American than that?
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