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Who is a Dreamer? Young Migrant’s Checkpoints, Mental Maps, and Communities of reference in North-America
Who is a Dreamer? Young Migrant’s Checkpoints, Mental Maps, and Communities of reference in North-America

Author(s): Ana Vila Freyer
Subject(s): Migration Studies, Politics and Identity, Asylum, Refugees, Migration as Policy-fields
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Dreamer; young migrants; checkpoints; mental maps; Communities of reference in North America;
Summary/Abstract: What meaning do young migrants give to the “Dreamer” concept when they do or don’t define themselves as such? The visualisation of young undocumented migrants is reflective of the growing literature on the subject that aims to explain the different ways in which their immigration status has affected their integration in the United States. Throughout the entire 21st century, authors have emphasised the effects of an undocumented immigration situation, its permanent temporality -liminal legality- as a form of legal violence that affects the daily life of children and young people during their transition to adult life (Menjívar, 2006; Gonzales & Chavez, 2012; Gonzales, Ellis, RendonGarcia, & Brant, 2018; Anderson, 2014) it also shows how policy decisions impact the transition of young people from childhood, adolescence and the learning process entailed during their transition to illegality (Gonzales & Chavez, 2012). The works stand out for focusing on the way that political decisions affect the subjective experiences, the quality of life of young migrants and their definition, from power, in their capacities as good or bad migrants (Barbero, 2019).

  • Page Range: 17-32
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: English