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Author Pérez, William, 1974-

Title We are Americans : undocumented students pursuing the American dream / William Perez ; foreword by Daniel Solorzano.

Imprint Sterling, Va. : Stylus, 2009.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  371.82691 P415w 2009    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Edition 1st ed.
Description xl, 161 pages ; 23 cm
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Note Includes index.
Contents High School Students. Penelope: "I know for a fact my success is because of my relentless determination" -- Jaime: "It's almost like I am tied down to the ground with a ball and chain because I don't have citizenship" -- Jeronimo: "It's like someone giving you a car, but not putting any gas in it" -- Lilia: "I want a chance to work in an office with air conditioning rather than in the fields under the hot sun". -- Community College Students. Daniella: "I've always had a passion for community service" -- Isabel: "They say you can accomplish whatever you want or set your mind to, but they don't say that it's just for some" -- Lucila: "I don't belong here because I don't have my papers, so it's kind of like I'm in limbo" -- Paulina: "I catch the bus at 5:15 a.m., I literally sleep with my clothes on" . -- University Students. Angelica: "I think I will do something big, I just need a chance" -- Sasha: "You'll never get an A in my class because you're a dirty Mexican" -- Eduardo: "I'm restricted in joining clubs, participating in school events, taking on leadership roles ... it's a bit damaging in the long run" -- Raul: "I am always limited in what I can do". -- College Graduates. Lucia: "The biggest disappointment is knowing that there's no light at the end of the tunnel" -- Michael: "It's like a wound that never heals" -- Julieta: "Being undocumented is really depressing" -- Alba: "I know I want to be a high school math teacher, but I can't" . -- Formerly Undocumented College Graduates. Jessica: "I wanted to be a public interest lawyer, the kind that helps the community" -- Julia: "I would really like to teach college students, be involved in the educational system" -- Ignacio: "I would probably be working as a truck driver ... earning minimum wage" -- Nicole: "Working with the students who are the most underserved ... that kind of work is very meaningful to me."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary About 2.4 million children and young adults under 24 years of age are undocumented. Brought by their parents to the US as minors, many before they had reached their teens, they account for about one-sixth of the total undocumented population. Illegal through no fault of their own, some 65,000 undocumented students graduate from the nation's high schools each year. They cannot get a legal job, and face enormous barriers trying to enter college to better themselves, and yet America is the only country they know and, for many, English is the only language they speak. What future do they have? Why are we not capitalizing, as a nation, on this pool of talent that has so much to contribute? What should we be doing? Through the inspiring stories of 16 students, from seniors in high school to graduate students, the author gives them a voice, and draws attention to their plight. These stories reveal how, despite financial hardship, the unpredictability of living with the daily threat of deportation, restrictions of all sorts, and often in the face of discrimination by their teachers, so many are not just persisting in the American educational system, but achieving academically, and moreover often participating in service to their local communities. The author reveals what drives these young people, and the visions they have for contributing to the country they call home. Through these stories, this book draws attention to these students' predicament, to stimulate the debate about putting right a wrong not of their making, and to motivate more people to call for legislation, like the stalled Dream Act, that would offer undocumented students who participate in the economy and civil life a path to citizenship. He goes beyond this to discuss the social and policy issues of immigration reform. He dispels myths about illegal immigrants' supposed drain on state and federal resources, providing authoritative evidence to the contrary. He makes the case, on economic, social, and constitutional and moral grounds, for more flexible policies towards undocumented immigrants. If today's immigrants, like those of past generations, are a positive force for our society, how much truer is that where undocumented students are concerned? -- From publisher's website.
Subject Educational equalization -- United States -- Case studies.
Discrimination in education -- United States -- Case studies.
Illegal aliens -- Education -- United States -- Case studies.
Illegal aliens -- United States -- Anecdotes.
United States -- Emigration and immigration.
Discrimination in education. (OCoLC)fst00895037
Educational equalization. (OCoLC)fst00903418
Emigration and immigration. (OCoLC)fst00908690
Illegal aliens. (OCoLC)fst00967153
Illegal aliens -- Education. (OCoLC)fst00967157
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Anecdotes. (OCoLC)fst01423876
Case studies. (OCoLC)fst01423765
ISBN 9781579223762 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
1579223761 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9781579223755 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1579223753 (cloth ; alk. paper)

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