American DREAMers: The Journey From Shadow To Light
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The immigrant story of our nation is undeniable. Most of us know our country was formed, and continues to be shaped, by immigrants, many of whom came to the country as young children.
The Citizenship and Immigration Program of Neighborhood Centers Inc. has supported the dreams and aspirations of those children who are American in every way except on paper. As a way to honor their stories and courage, we created the book American DREAMers: The Journey From Shadow to Light. The real life perspectives included in this book are of DREAMers who have touched our lives in an incredible way and who we have supported to achieve their goals. Your neighbors, classmates, co-workers and employees are in this book. Each seeks a better life illuminated by the promise of America.
A promise affirmed in the voice of local leaders who reflect the need to talk about and understand why we need to include DREAMers and their families in the social fabric of this country. Imagine the plight of young men like Mario Perez who benefitted from Deferred Action and is currently a Math and Statistics student at Stephen F. Austin. He is an exemplary student. His hard work would be meaningless and his dreams may never materialize if he has to leave the country.While Deferred Action is a temporary fix for the estimated 75,000 Houston DREAMers like Mario, it will be life changing.
We hope the alarming data and poignant stories in this book compel a meaningful conversation about Comprehensive Immigration Reform. After all, the human impact at stake will further define who we are as Americans.
Click here to purchase American DREAMers: The Journey From Shadow To Light.