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My DREAMer Identity and Its Complexities

“Where are you from?” This is a question that has become increasingly difficult to answer as I get older. Growing up in Miami, I was “la peruana” or “la peruanita” — labels that delineated and affirmed my Peruvian identity. Although I did not know too many Peruvians (I was surrounded by many when compared to … Continue reading »

For Dreamers, More Information Regarding Travel Under "Advance Parole"

Right after I heard the Obama Administration’s deferred action guidelines, I went to the FAQ section on the USCIS website and searched for the word “travel.” As happy as I am about the fact that I will now be able to work and contribute to this country, I was most looking forward to learning about … Continue reading »

United We DREAM, With National Allies, Launch Nationwide We Own the DREAM / ¡Únete al Sueño! Campaign

Today was the launch of United We DREAM’s (UWD) national “We Own the DREAM/¡Unete Al Sueño!” campaign. UWD, along with national allies, held a press conference at the American Immigration Lawyers Association to discuss the new guidelines for deferred action and to assist eligible aspiring citizens with the application process. The campaign will join the resources … Continue reading »

Undocubus Tour: No Papers, No Fear

“No papers, no fear.” That is the slogan that is driving (so to speak) a group of undocumented immigrants and allies of different ages from Arizona to cities where there is heated anti-immigrant sentiment. The group is calling out the injustices toward immigrants that have been taking place throughout the country, especially in states where there … Continue reading »

CIRCLE Project Highlights the Importance of Creating Safe Spaces for Undocumented Immigrant Youth

Recently, I wrote about the psychological effects of being undocumented. Now, I wanted to know what other DREAMers were doing to create spaces where undocumented and undocuqueer folk could talk about their experiences. I was led to Imelda Plascencia, who, with the help of the DREAM Resource Center, created a counseling group for DREAMers called … Continue reading »

DREAMers have their eyes on the prize

DREAMers, without a doubt, have transformed the immigrant movement in the U.S. The announcement that they will soon be able to obtain work permits will not only have implications in their own struggle for legalization but also in their role as leaders in the fight for the legalization of their parents and the rest of … Continue reading »

Un CÍRCULO de apoyo para los Soñadores

Hace poco escribí sobre los efectos psicológicos que experimento por ser indocumentada. Ahora quería saber lo que estaban haciendo otros jóvenes indocumentados para crear espacios donde los Soñadores puedan hablar de sus experiencias. Con la ayuda del DREAM Resource Center, Imelda Plascencia creó un grupo de consejería de Soñadores  para tratar el tema del estrés … Continue reading »

La psicología de ser indocumentado

Cuando se habla de los Soñadores, jóvenes que luchan por la reforma migratoria, típicamente se habla de su confianza, energía y de su extraordinaria capacidad para seguir sus sueños. Pero casi nunca se habla de los procesos psicológicos internos que muchas veces se esconden tras sus gritos de protesta y la imagen agradable que muestran … Continue reading »