"The UndocuQueer movement is a powerful network of queer undocumented immigrant activists organizing for the rights of undocumented youth and their families. UndocuQueer activists came to the U.S. as infants or children. UndocuQueers struggle for the right to work, live, and love in the country in which they were raised and educated. Without documentation, even those who have earned college degrees are denied work in the above-ground economy and are subject to deportation. Given their precarious citizenship status, sexual orientation and transgender realities, visibility makes UndocuQueers vulnerable, however, they refuse to remain in the shadows."
About "# Undocuqueer: Stories from Bordertown"
For many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, their stories, experiences, and contributions to society go unrecognized. In 2012, President Barack Obama announced a new program which aimed to provide a pathway for individuals brought to the United States as children -- a pathway to avoid deportation, and an opportunity to work legally and contribute to their communities. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), has served as a lifeline for over 800,000 undocumented young adults. Of the 800,000 DACA recipients, approximately 72,000 identifying as LGBTQAI remain unheard and often times, unseen.
In today's heated political climate, it becomes vitally important for marginalized communities to move beyond labels and have their truths documented and realities understood.
Beto Soto has collected the stories of seven San Diego locals who identify as undocumented and queer in hopes of amplifying and including their narrative to the undocuqueer movement.