“The Dream Is Now” – A Short Film
Sep 17, 2013 by M. Daniel Carroll R. | 0 Comments
One of the goals of these blog postings is to give a human face to immigration. Immigration is about people. I attend a Spanish-speaking Hispanic church in Aurora (Iglesia El Camino). This church is a constant reminder to me that immigration is about families—moms and dads, kids and grandparents… This fundamental fact can be hard to communicate to those who oppose immigration reform. Opponents of reform often reduce discussion on immigration simply to legality (Do these people have papers or not?), when it is so much more than that. Yes, we need to talk about the pragmatics of immigration legislation, yet let’s begin by getting to know some immigrants. This short film moves us in that direction.
In an earlier posting I had mentioned a website through which one could access some short films. Here I mention directly from that website a short film, “The Dream Is Now.” It tells the stories of several young people caught in the no-man’s land of having come when they were small with their undocumented parents. There is no statute under current US immigration law that grants them access to legal status. The impact on their lives is huge. In June 2012 President Obama signed a memorandum to defer deportation proceedings (DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) for qualified young people, but it was not made into a law. Something similar is contemplated in the Senate immigration reform bill that is under consideration in Congress. The no-man’s land continues.
Watch this film to see the human side of these young people’s lives as immigrants: their hopes, their potential, and their fears. Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUx62UBoOoU. The full video (about 30 minutes) is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfiInvpjPtI