A photo essay series created by photographers Sylvia Johnson and Kerry Sherck, and produced in partnership with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, The New American Dreamers is a positive reframe of who many of the immigrants living in our midst are. Each of the Dreamers profiled in this series was brought to the US as a young child and most of them have grown up almost exclusively here. Their stories reflect the dreams, hopes, challenges, and ambitions that are inherent to all of us as human beings. In the context of such a toxic environment currently being perpetuated about immigrants in this country, this project flips the narrative for a closer, more human look at the stories of incredible Dreamers who are our friends, clients, and neighbors.
This series was featured in a 2017 exhibit at the Rubin Center for Visual Arts in El Paso.
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WHAT ARE DREAMERS?
Dreamers are young people who came into the US prior to June 15, 2012 and before their sixteenth birthday. They have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which is a kind of administrative relief from deportation that gives them the right to work and go to school in the US. It is renewable every two years. The policy was created after acknowledgment that these undocumented students had been largely raised in the United States, and was seen as a way to remove immigration enforcement attention from low priority individuals with good behavior.