DREAMers Come Out: ‘I’m Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unapologetic’

March 10 is National Coming Out of the Shadows Day.

By Julianne Hing Mar 08, 2011

March 10, which immigrant youth have named National Coming Out of the Shadows Day, is just around the corner. In 2011, undocumented immigrant youth have added a new word to their slogan, declaring that they’re not only undocumented and unafraid. They’re also unapologetic.

To get folks around the country ready the Chicago-based Immigrant Youth Justice League released a video about their plans, opening with the words of one activist:

My name is Cindy. I’m 21 years old. I’m undocumented. I’m unafraid. And I’m unapologetic. On March 10, 2011, we are going to have undocumented youth proclaim their undocumented status. They will tell everyone that they should not be sorry for being in the United States. That they should not apologize for getting an educaiton, that they should not be sorry for their parents trying to make a living in the U.S.

By coming out we share our stories. We put our face to this issue. We are human.

It’s such a simple, direct statement that sounds almost radical in this age of heated rhetoric and racialized fear-mongering about immigrants.

In December the federal DREAM Act, which would have made undocumented youth eligible for citizenship if they cleared a host of hurdles and committed at least two years to the military or college, passed the House but failed to clear a filibuster in the Senate. This year’s National Coming Out of the Shadows Day will be the second march for what’s become an annual event organized by the immigrant youth movement.

Keep an eye out for more Colorlines.com coverage of events on March 10, as well as stories from Drop the I-Word.