The Dream 9 was a group of young undocumented activists who staged one of the riskiest protests in the history of the immigration rights movement. In 2013, nine young undocumented activists walked from Mexico up to border officials in the United States and demanded to be let in and granted asylum. They were wearing their graduation caps and gowns—a uniform that had become the unofficial symbol of the Dreamer movement. They walked arm in arm, flanked by reporters and cameras. If their plan failed, they risked never being able to return to the United States, the country where they grew up, ever again.
Produced by By Antonia Cereijido and Marlon Bishop
Featured images by Steve Pavey, Hope in Focus Photography, stevepavey.com