Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, also known as The DREAM Act, which failed to pass in the Senate at the end of 2010, still proves to be an ongoing fight not only in the Senate but in many states, cities, neighborhoods and homes across the United States. This bill would have given the thousands of illegal immigrants who are graduating from a U.S. high school a chance to qualify for contingent permanent residency and to sustain a somewhat normal life similar to that of any child born and raised in America.
Whether for or against the DREAM act or the controversy surrounding the illegal factor, it seems somewhat unfair that children who have been brought into this country by their parents, growing up technically as an American child, would have to face the threat of deportation at some point in their adult lives.
Although the bill did not pass through Senate, many schools, non-profit organization and universities have continued the efforts proposed in this act by promoting awareness of the topic in showing the documentary, “Papers” to their communities. With the estimated millions of children affected by what is recommended in the DREAM act, the film, a Graham Street Productions of Portland, Oregon, tells the story of five undocumented youth that held the footsteps of their future in the path of the passing of the DREAM act.
Rebecca Shine, a producer of “Papers” says in an interview that until the DREAM act is passed or some kind of comprehensive immigration reform is passed, the topic with remain timely.
Durham Academy, an independent day school serving Pre-K through 12 located in Durham, North Carolina, will follow suit with the many conscientious organizations and individuals by also hosting a public screening of “Papers” on Thursday, January 13th at 6:30 PM. This screening will be in accordance with their observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. According to the article printed in the Herald Sun, Who the DREAM act would benefit by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, El Centro Hispano will be sponsoring the public screening and the Durham Academy upper students will have an opportunity to view and discuss it in class. This event was initiated by students who last year decided they wanted to discuss Latino community injustices for this year’s Martin Luther King Day commemoration and viewed the film at Chapel Hill High School. This screening also gives the opportunity to bring forth and discuss some social issues surrounding diversity.
For more information about the film, visit www.papersthemovie.com