They came here as young children, brought illegally into the country.
They've since grown up here, been educated here, work here, the children of undocumented immigrants who are still considered illegal.
They are the Dreamers, an estimated 750,000 of them, protected by deferred action stopping ICE from deporting them.
But that deferral might come to an end. Soon.
You're about to hear what’s at stake for children of undocumented immigrants who've been dreaming for so long to finally be called American.
This is American Refugee.
Carlos Reyes Roja, Dreamer
Eleazar VillaGomez, Dreamer
Veena Iyer, Executive Director, ILCM
Mackenzie Heinrichs, Equal Justice fellow, ILCM
Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, United We Dream
Juli Graber, lawyer, sister, sage
León Rodríguez, former Director, USCIS
Gwyn Moss, Community Program Manager, Ruckus Entrepreneurs
Written, Engineered & Produced: Sam Graber
Music: Rare Medium, New Sound Underground, Purple Funk Metropolis
Recorded: Northfield, MN; Minneapolis, MN
Original Release: November 2021