Author: Tara Fiorito

received a research master’s in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. She currently teaches and researches at the University of Amsterdam. She is co-director of “Undocumented and Unafraid,” a new documentary film on the Dreamer movement.

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Dreamers Unbound: Immigrant Youth Mobilizing

One of the most important social movements in the United States is the undocumented youth movement (Dreamers). The movement has not been successful in passing the federal DREAM Act. It has, however, worked closely with its allies to rack up an impressive string of local and state-level victories and pressured the Obama administration to pass Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012. This latter measure provided approximately 553,000 undocumented youths with temporary relief (two years) from deportation.

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