Monica Haydee Ramos

Daring to continue DREAMing: Stories of Identity, Prejudice, Illegality and Adaptation

Identity is a complex concept. Making sense of the concept of identity of young men and women, who did not migrate from Mexico to the United States by choice, must not be left out of the binational immigration discourse. Current times in policy, cultural understanding, racialization and immigration call for more research and advocacy to elevate the voices of immigrant youth living in the US. Equally important is the understanding and recognition of the stories of returning youth, who once lived in the United States and immersed themselves in the American culture, language, ways of doing, and now started a new life back in Mexico. This presentation intends to illustrate their concept of identity and introduce the issues that emerged from conversations with Dreamers from both sides of the border.