Dream 9

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"Dream 9" fue un grupo de jóvenes activistas indocumentados que organizaron una de las protestas más arriesgadas en la historia del movimiento de los derechos para los inmigrantes. En 2013, nueve jóvenes activistas indocumentados caminaron desde México hasta las autoridades de frontera de Estados Unidos y exigieron que se les permitiera entrar y recibir asilo. Usaban birretes y batas de graduación, un uniforme que se había convertido en el símbolo no oficial del movimiento "Dreamer". Caminaron tomados de los brazos, rodeados de periodistas y cámaras. Si su plan fallaba, corrían el riesgo de no poder volver nunca más a Estados Unidos, el país donde habían crecido.

All nine were Dreamers—meaning they were brought to the U.S. without papers as children, and grew up considering it their home. Many didn’t find out they were undocumented until they were in their later teens, and were applying to college or a job without a social security number.

The Dream 9

Six of the Dream 9 had previously left the U.S. because their situation became too difficult in the U.S, and now they wanted to get back. The other three were members of an activist group called the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. They flew into Mexico just to participate.

The Dream 9

Los nueve "soñadores" usaron atuendos de graduación para representar su deseo de continuar una educación en EE.UU. y caminaron hasta el puerto de entrada peatonal de Morley en Arizona para pedir asilo y volver a ingresar.

The Dream 9
Meet the Dream 9
The Dream 9 took activism around youth immigration farther than it had ever been taken before. What they were doing was not only risky but difficult.

Luis León (izquierda) llegó a Estados Unidos de niño. Decidió irse en 2011 después de terminar la escuela secundaria, cuando se dio cuenta de que no tenía posibilidades de ir a la universidad en EE.UU. hasta que participó en la acción de los Dream 9.

Ceferino Santiago was 13 when he first came to the U.S. He grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and was in Oaxaca, Mexico, before going to the border for the Dream 9.

Claudia Amaro was 12 years old when her parents brought her to the U.S. She grew up in Colorado and California before moving to Kansas at 19.

María Inés Peniche was 10 years old when she was brought to Revere, Massachusetts. She left the U.S. and moved to Mexico City. That’s where she was when she got the call about the Dream 9.

Lizbeth Mateo was 14 years old when she was brought to the United States from Mexico. She lived in Los Angeles for many years. She then spent time in Oaxaca, Mexico, before she chose to leave the U.S. to participate in the Dream 9 action.

Lulu Martínez grew up in Chicago after she was brought to the U.S. as a three-year-old. She was in Mexico City before going to Nogales to become part of the Dream 9.

Marco Saavedra was 23 years old when he decided to return to Mexico for the Dream 9. He was brought to the U.S. when he was three years old and his family lives in New York City.

Adriana Díaz was four months old when she was brought to the U.S. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and voluntarily returned to Mexico about a year before the Dream 9 took place.

Mario Félix was 23 at the time of the Dream 9. He joined what would have been the Dream 8 at the last minute. This photo was taken in 2013, when the entire Dream 9 was released from detention.

Créditos: Historia

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Produced by By Antonia Cereijido and Marlon Bishop

Featured images by Steve Pavey, Hope in Focus Photography, stevepavey.com

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