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Awkward undocumented moments, dramatized (Video)

How awkward is it to run into a former classmate after college when he spots you working as a hotel janitor because you don't have papers? Very awkward, as dramatized in this tragicomic skit, part of a series of videos titled "Undocumented and Awkward" by a student activist group called Dreamers Adrift. An earlier video follows a guy who can't get into a bar to meet a date.

The group advocates for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant conditional legal status to undocumented young people brought to the U.S. under age 16 if they attend college or join the military. The fact that undocumented college grads are hard-pressed to fully utilize their degrees for lack of legal status was also one of the sticking points brought up by opponents of the controversial California Dream Act, legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that makes it easier for undocumented students to pay for college.

(Via @Colorlines)

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