Each year, 65,000 youth graduating from high school in the United States are denied the American Dream. They are not considered citizens of this country, despite strong family ties, and years or even decades of living here. They are smeared with the label “illegal alien”, despite wanting what everyone else wants, to be able to able to pursue their own dreams.
On December 18, 2010, The Dream Act was sent to the floor of the US Senate. This act would have created a path to citizenship for undocumented youth if they completed college or served for two years in the military over the next six years. The act was voted down.
I was born in Trinidad, and came to the United States to better my life and brighten my future. I love to sing and play the guitar. I am graduating from high school this summer, and all I want is to go to college, and pursue a career in music and media.
My film will follow the struggle of undocumented youth in New York City in the wake of the failure of the Dream Act. I will profile the burgeoning “Outing” movement where undocumented youth are declaring their citizenship status as part of a resistance movement to the restrictive United States immigration policy.