Young Illegal Immigrants

The Dream is Now, a campaign dedicated to “common sense” immigration reform, has released a trailer for a 30-minute documentary by Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director behind An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman. The short film will feature stories from young illegal immigrants and their families.

The campaign hopes that the film and other efforts will bring attention to the need for new immigration legislation, such as the DREAM Act, to become law.

The DREAM Act, originally introduced in 2001 by senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), is a bill that would grant legal residency to illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before age 16. Through military service or four-year colleges, illegal immigrants could earn temporary residency, permanent residency, and acquire citizenship from there.

Those behind The Dream is Now hope to take this one step further by giving all hardworking, undocumented immigrants the chance to earn citizenship. The focus, however, is on the effect deportation has on young illegal immigrants, whose lives are rooted in America.

The film will premiere in Washington D.C. and makes its way to college campuses across the country later this spring.