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Dreamers is a movement book for the generation brought to the United States as children - and now fighting to live here legally

Of the approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, as many as two million came as children. They grow up here, going to elementary, middle, and high school, and then the country they call home won't - in most states - offer financial aid for college and they're unable to be legally employed. In 2001, US senator Dick Durbin introduced the DREAM Act to Congress, an initiative that would allow these young people to become legal residents if they met certain requirements.

And now, more than 10 years later, in the face of congressional inertia and furious opposition from some, the DREAM Act has yet to be passed. But recently, this young generation has begun organizing, and with their rallying cry "Undocumented, Unapologetic, and Unafraid" they are the newest face of the human rights movement. In Dreamers, Eileen Truax illuminates the stories of these men and women who are living proof of a complex and sometimes hidden political reality that calls into question what it truly means to be American.

©2015 Eileen Truax (P)2017 Beacon Press

Critic Reviews

"A forthright, moving piece of advocacy journalism." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Truax succeeds in conveying how a shadow status permeates the lives of all the young people profiled here, with education, employment opportunities, and essential social services severely limited or unavailable." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Truax's informative, engaging read provides a new perspective on this country's ongoing immigration debate." ( Library Journal)

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This is a great great book. I’ve listened to some books before where the authors view was completely slanted one way, mostly left, but this author does an excellent job of staying neutral and conveying the experience of the people stuck in these situations. At times the author conveys facts from both sides. It was actually refreshing to hear a counter argument for once. As someone who leans more towards the right, this book was mostly balanced and remained mostly neutral. I wish it was longer. Time flew by listening to this book. Very much recommend it.