This is the story of three UT students and their families who emigrated from Mexico and would be benefited by comprehensive immigration reform. The Gang of Eight plan could affect up to roughly 11 million undocumented people by providing them with a complex and long path to citizenship to residents that have been here since December 2011. Immigrants will also have to pass a background check, pay taxes, and pay a fine in the thousands of dollars. The bill could hit the Senate floor in June for its first legislative hurdle.
Coming out of the Shadows introduces overlooked issues that have affected every aspect of the students and the lives in the U.S. It explores how the students feel about the negative stereotypes of their status as well as their struggles as children and now college students.
The DREAMers express their emotions, fear of one’s own deportation and that of their families. The students once fought for the Dream Act and now are fighting for comprehensive immigration reform in order to include their parents in the movement. They are part of a UT organization, University Leadership Initiative, which informs the Latino community and encourages their participation.