AEIR Scholars Host Screening of "Documented" and Discussion Facilitated by Mesa Latina
On March 12, 2015, the Area of Emphasis in Practice with Immigrants and Refugees (AEIR) Scholars hosted a viewing of the documentary entitled, “Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American.” The documentary drew a large audience interested in learning about the life of an undocumented immigrant and the many difficulties associated with the lack of immigration status and the absence of a clear path for attaining status. The documentary shows the life of Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times in 2011. The video showed his personal journey from the Philippines to growing up in America, as well as the difficulties and controversies of the immigration system in America. It also highlighted the impact that current policy can have on immigrant families and communities. The viewing was followed by a discussion with Felipe Illescas, a representative from Mesa Latina, a local advocacy organization. Mr. Illescas described one of Mesa Latina’s current initiatives -- working to make driver’s licenses available to immigrants in Minnesota, regardless of their immigration status. For more information regarding Mesa Latina’s work and how to get involved, please visit mnmesalatina.org.