The Huffington Post
April 9, 2012
By, Andrea Long Chavez
The federal DREAM Act. Illegal Immigration. Undocumented Immigrants.
These topics inspire passionate debate. One must only look at recent GOP debates or the comments section of a related news article to see just how intense the rhetoric can get.
According to a recent Fox News Latino poll, an estimated 90 percent of U.S. Latinos support the federal DREAM Act, a bill that would create a pathway towards conditional permanent residency for an estimated 2.1 million undocumented youth in the U.S.; given a certain set of criteria. Beneficiaries must have arrived as children, graduated from high school and show good moral character to petition. In addition, 85.9 percent of Latinos support a legal pathway towards citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
But what about the people who find themselves in the middle of the debate?
The growing presence of DREAMers on websites like Define American, DreamActivist.org, DreamersAdrift, and UnitedWeDream, just to name a few, is making it increasingly difficult to ingore this community. DREAMers have created their own venues, even breaking into mainstream media by sharing their own “coming out” stories, like that of individuals like Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.