Whatever your thoughts on immigration (I’m decidedly pro-immigration, anti-border fence, anti-discrimination, pro-driver’s license), there’s one group that is often overlooked in the whole bitter debate. The kids. Those children who are born in another country but who come to the United States are raised to be Americans and may not have a strong connection to the nation of their birth.
Now, if they have not yet become citizens, the rub is that when they turn 18, they’re automatically considered criminals. Yes, criminals, simply because they are now adults without legal citizenship. They encounter extraordinary boundaries when it comes to going on to college, getting a job, or entering any vocational program. Further, because of the nature of current immigration laws, there are very few avenues for them to become citizens if they wish. Not very fair, huh?
My glorious friends Anne and Becky, along with local student JoseLuis Juarez Perez, collectively known as Graham Street Productions, have produced a great short documentary on the issue called 18. They’re in the process of making a full-length film, and I, for one, can’t wait.
Take a look – get more educated — see cute kids.
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