A series of tragicomic videos titled "Undocumented and Awkward" got a plug today in the HuffPo from award-winning author/journalist Jeff Biggers, whose post headline referred to the web series as the nation's "most real reality TV show."
The videos aren't reality TV, of course, but skits performed by young people, many themselves undocumented, about the awkwardness of coming of age as U.S.-raised young adults who are culturally American but lack legal immigration status. In the video above, a girl's attempts to keep her status a secret - as her friends plan a trip to the Philippines, insisting she come along - grow increasingly desperate until she just gives up and leaves the room.
The videos are produced by a student activist group called Dreamers Adrift, which advocates for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, proposed federal legislation that 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.
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.