An Illegal Identity

by BLMayotte on November 7, 2016 - 9:08pm

When subjects in society become more well known, rules can be broken and changed from the previous thoughts of normalcy. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, was proposed in 2001 and has since created a remarkable ripple effect in regards to its force and influence. Despite those both supporting and contributing to the effort not having much legitimate political influence; changes are being made. The article “Out of the shadows: DREAMer identity in the immigrant youth movement” displays this point very nicely and shows how those within the movement are creating an identity that is its own force to be reckoned with. This article introduces and develops different identities for minors that the DREAM Act would potentially affect. In addition to this, the content of the article establishes the change that the DREAM movement is working towards and how the creation of personal advocates is creating an identity among the whole program. The change involves converting the negative connotation that goes with the opinion of illegal immigrants and highlighting their contributions to society.

This article explores the people within the movement and their influence on public opinion and behavior. The authors point out the role of both advocates and opponents. Torre and Germano (2014) show how the long dialogue between these parties is what has shaped the identity of the movement. Constant renegotiations and discussions have formed both the goals of the movement and the character of the individuals involved. The term ‘DREAMers’ has become more prominent in recent years among younger citizens. Major persuasive forces in the movement are undocumented individuals that have ‘come out’ in support of the DREAM act. By displaying the complexity of immigrants’ lives and contributions to society, the article humanizes the individuals and displays the importance of an identity behind any movement.

Torre, De La, III, and Roy Germano. "Out of the Shadows: DREAMer Identity in the Immigrant Youth Movement." Proxy Login. Palsgrave Macmillan, 2014. Web. 30 Oct.2016.


The title of the post is what drove me to read it all. I had to know what was this so called “Illegal Identity”. Then, the article itself enlightened me on a movement I never knew existed. It seemed very well documented and seemed to spark lots of debates, but I never heard of the DREAM Act before. It reminded me of my reaction the first time I heard of the concept called “White privilege”. Now, I knew that the “White race” was, in general, more advantaged in North America’s job market than any other racial group, but the concept went in ways I could never conceive before. But both concept can be changed with discussion and open-mindedness, like you said. As I read your summary, I started to realize how important discussion and debates were for the DREAM Act: it helps find new perspectives, new strategies, and, ultimately, new discussion subjects. White privilege can only be solved through discussion as well: both the dominant group and the minorities need to discuss about the problems White privilege has started and how they can find solutions for everybody. To conclude, your summary was really well done and it made me think on the importance of discussion.

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