We hope everyone has had a great summer of organizing, learning, and growing!
Since the publication of our book, the immigrant youth of our country have continued to organize, and fight for their dreams. Largely due to their commitment, perseverance, and courage, President Obama made a historic announcement on June 15th that he will stop deporting immigrant youth and grant them work authorization. For more information on what is now being called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) please visit USCIS, We Own the Dream (United We Dream), and Educators for Fair Consideration, for additional resources. The work of immigrant youth does not end here, and they continue to mobilize around this issue.
Undocumented and Unafraid has reached audiences all across the country–from Los Angeles to D.C.–and it continues to reach many more. Immigrant youth groups have been utilizing the book to raise funds, community organizations have been using the book to educate and motivate their base, and educators have been assigning it in the classroom. Most importantly, this book has been a useful tool for everyone to help contextualize DACA. The book tells stories that demonstrate that victories like this do not happen overnight and that the road towards humane immigrant rights in this country are only beginning to get paved.
It is amazing to see where sharing stories takes a movement. From Tam Tran, who testified before Congress for the first time, the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who have shared their story across the country, to the authors in this book who openly share their triumphs and pain — it’s all connected. We are moving forward, but so much more work needs to happen.
Onward and forward,
The Undocumented and Unafraid Publication Team
P.S. If your organization is interested in being part of the book tour, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.