Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Undocumented Children Face Barriers to Integration

In the debate on immigration reform, you don't often hear about the 2,000,000 undocumented children in the United States. Every year, 65,000 of these children graduate from high school but, because they do not have the proper documentation, they face tremendous challenges in trying to go to college or find a job. These children grew up in the United States, attended school here, developed their friends and communities here. They may not even remember their country of origin. However, there is currently no path to citizenship for them.

Graham Street Productions, in partnership with Film Action Oregon and in coordination with El Grupo Juvenil, has just produced an important new film called "Papers." This film tells the story of undocumented children seeking to live legally in the United States.

As bills on comprehensive immigration reform are introduced in Congress in the next few months, let's work together to ensure that these children are granted pathways to legal status and, eventually, citizenship, so that they can live as fully productive and integrated members of society.

"Papers" has screenings scheduled all across the country - to see the calendar, click here. Enjoy the trailer!

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