The Making of a Dream

How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to Be American
Product Number: EB00737346
Released: Jan 29, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780062930477
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
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A journalist chronicles the next chapter in civil rights-the story of a movement and a nation, witnessed through the poignant and inspiring experiences of five young undocumented activists who are transforming society's attitudes toward one of the most contentious political matters roiling America today: immigration. They are called the DREAMers: young people who were brought, or sent, to the United States as children and who have lived for years in America without legal status. Growing up, they often worked hard in school, planned for college, only to learn they were, in the eyes of the United States government and many citizens, "illegal aliens." Determined to take fate into their own hands, a group of these young undocumented immigrants risked their safety to "come out" about their status-sparking a transformative movement, engineering a seismic shift in public opinion on immigration, and inspiring other social movements across the country. Their quest for permanent legal protection under the so-called "Dream Act," stalled. But in 2012, the Obama administration issued a landmark, new immigration policy: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which has since protected more than half a million young immigrants from deportation even as efforts to install more expansive protections remain elusive. The Making of a Dream begins at the turn of the millennium, with the first of a series of "Dream Act" proposals; follows the efforts of policy makers, activists, and undocumented immigrants themselves, and concludes with the 2016 presidential election and the first months of the Trump presidency. The immigrants' coming of age stories intersect with the watershed political and economic events of the last two decades: 9/11, the recession, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama presidency, and the rebirth of the anti-immigrant right. In telling their story, Laura Wides-MuNoz forces us to rethink our definition of what it means to be American.

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Author(s): Laura Wides-Munoz
Original Publish Date: Jan 29, 2019

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Author(s): Laura Wides-Munoz
Narrator(s): Almarie Guerra
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Released: Jan 30, 2018
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ISBN: #9781538499665
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Author(s): Laura Wides-Munoz
Narrator(s): Almarie Guerra
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Author(s): Laura Wides-Munoz
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Released: Jan 30, 2018
Business Term: 26 Circ
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ISBN: #9780062560148

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