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    Undocumented, unapologetic and unafraid

    Queens College’s DREAM Team held their fourth annual UndocuMic on March 9 where undocumented students used performance art to talk about their hardships. There were 11 performances, and they ranged from poetry to dance. Yet all who performed wanted to talk about the experience of being an undocumented immigrant in the United States. A report released in January by the Center for Migration Studies found there are nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The DREAM Team, a club of undocumented students and supporters, holds the event every year at the Agora Cafe in the Student Union. Kevin Guzman, a senior and co-founder of the DREAM Team, said the…

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    Fear and resistance in undocumented community

    Recent deportation raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement took undocumented families by surprise. Because of this, most are afraid to leave their homes. Jeh Johnson, Department of Homeland Security secretary, defended the actions as necessary, while acknowledging problems with it. “I know there are many who loudly condemn our enforcement efforts as far too harsh, while there will be others who say these actions don’t go far enough. I also recognize the reality of the pain that deportations do in fact cause. But, we must enforce the law consistent with our priorities,” he said. There are spaces for undocumented immigrants, including the DREAM Team. Named after the 2010 bill offering a…

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    Tuition reimbursed for undocumented CUNY students

    CUNY gave thousands of dollars back to undocumented students who have been overpaying their tuition. Upon admission to the school, many undocumented students were uninformed they should have been charged in-state tuition, Lorena Carino, president of Queens College Dream Team, said. “It’s good they’re doing that, they should have never taken that money from us,” Carino, a junior, said. For some time, the Dream Team campaigned for the approval of the New York State Dream Act, which allows undocumented youth to gain access to financial aid. However, opposing sides believed the tax money should only benefit the documented students. “It’s not like they’re giving us this money and that’s it. No, we’re giving back,” Carino…

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    Students of undocumented parents beat out M.I.T. in robotics competition

    A documentary was presented at Queens College concerning the challenges minority students face in America while striving to achieve academic success. Underwater Dreams is about how a team of Mexican students from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix Arizona, children of undocumented workers, managed to defeat prestigious colleges, including M.I.T., in a robotics competition in 2004. The documentary also follows their journeys after their victory. This film touches on issues regarding undocumented immigration including the implications and continuing conversation around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act, ballot measures restricting undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition in certain states, and policies affecting the ability of undocumented students to seek employment after college. The film was presented…

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    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Undocumented Immigrant Version

    Students from Macaulay Honors College played host to a conference on immigration reform in collaboration with Arizona State University on Sept. 28. The conference — co-conceived and created by Barrett, the honors program at ASU, and Macaulay, CUNY’s honors program — was considered the action conference after an initial awareness session in Arizona. As a state, New York — at an estimated 489,000 — houses the third highest amount of undocumented immigrants, after California and Texas. CUNY estimates 4,500 as students in the CUNY system. “One of the greatest challenges facing our society is how to take advantage of and direct the dynamism brought by immigrant cultures,” Macaulay Dean Ann…