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Dreamers: June 2015 Additional Conversation

Dreamers by Eileen Truax

June 2015: Eileen Truax, author of Dreamers,
published by Beacon Press

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About the Book:

Dreamers by Eileen truax

Dreamers – An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for Their American Dream

Beacon Press
By Eileen Truax
Published by Beacon Press
ISBN-13: 978-080703033-2

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 twelve 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 ten 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.

About the Author:

Eileen Truax

Eileen TruaxOriginally from Mexico, Eileen Truax is a journalist and immigrant currently living in Los Angeles. She contributes regularly to Hoy Los Angeles and Unidos and writes for Latin American publications including Proceso, El Universal, and Gatopardo. Truax often speaks at colleges and universities about the Dreamer movement and immigration.

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