Dec 10

Dream a Little Dream

Last month Gloria and Esteban went to the local Post Office to apply for a passport for their one-year-old daughter, Jessica. Even though Esteban hasn’t been working much lately, they pulled together the $105 application fee and in another 2 to 4 weeks will receive in the mail that ultimate symbol of Jessica’s American citizenship. At that point she, unlike they, will be able to travel to Guatemala on a plane, without coyotes, or the risks of the desert.
Today the Dream Act, which would provide a way to citizenship for children brought to the U.S. by their migrant parents, is stalled in the U.S. Senate. If passed, which seems unlikely, it would make it so that those children, who have lived most of their lives in America, could become citizens after attending college for 2 years. For now, they, unlike, Jessica, are not entitled to a passport and the rights it represents.

Jul 10

At Home with Gloria and Esteban

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Another post from the project on recent immigrants in the U.S. Gloria and Esteban are both from Guatemala, but met here, where they had their daughter, Jessica (the baby boy is a friend’s). Esteban has been in the US for two years and works as a day laborer. Gloria for five and cleans houses and office buildings.