We are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream

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Stylus Publishing, LLC., 2009 - Education - 161 pages
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"This fascinating look at the next generation of undocumented immigrants unpacks the complexities of the debate and puts unforgettable human faces to its subjects. Perez, a developmental psychologist and professor in Southern California, plumbs the stories of students living with the constant threat of deportation for an answer to the question, 'What does it mean to be an American?' No matter what one's position is on legalizing immigrants, this collection of inspiring, heartbreaking stories puts a number of unforgettable faces to the issue, making it impossible to defend any one side in easy terms or generalities."--Starred Web Pick of the Week, Publishers Weekly

"Professor Perez paints a portrait of undocumented students that is as inspiring as it is tragic. We ARE Americans emphasizes the need to rethink current immigration policies to be more inclusive and welcome immigrants as equal citizens who contribute to making America great."--California State Senator Gilbert Cedillo

Through the inspiring stories of 16 students--from seniors in high school to graduate students--William Perez gives voice to the estimated 2.4 million undocumented students in the United States, and draws attention to their plight.
 

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2.5** Perez is a professor of education and an applied developmental psychologist. Here he turns his attention to teens and young adults whose path to being productive citizens is hampered (or ... Read full review

Contents

1 PENELOPE
3
2 JAIME
11
3 JERONIMO
19
4 LILIA
25
PART TWO Community CollegeStudents
31
5 DANIELLA
33
6 ISABEL
39
7 LUCILA
45
PART FOUR College Graduates
83
13 LUCIA
85
14 MICHAEL
93
15 JULIETA
99
16 ALBA
107
PART FIVE Formerly UndocumentedCollege Graduates
113
17 JESSICA
115
18 JULIA
123

8 PAULINA
51
PART THREE University Students
57
9 ANGELICA
59
10 SASHA
63
11 EDUARDO
71
12 RAUL
77
19 IGNACIO
131
20 NICOLE
141
CONCLUSION
147
Reading Group Guide
157
INDEX
159
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William Perez is Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University and an applied developmental psychologist. His research focuses on immigrant adolescent social development.

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