[dropcap]Hundreds[/dropcap] of thousands of immigrants have made their way across the porous border separating the United States and Mexico, risking their lives, in search of something better for themselves and their children. In 2001 the Dream Act legislation was passed, providing conditional residency to illegal immigrants that entered the Untied States before the age of 16 years and eventually permanent residency. These children became known as the Dreamers.

Andrea Hurtado is a Dreamer; her journey started when she was 5 years old, brought by her parents into the United States without documentation. Having lived the majority of her life in the ‘States, assimilating the culture and social norms, she still remains in limbo, unable to make a legal claim to become a citizen; Andrea like so many others lives in the US under President Obama’s 2012 deportation amnesty for Dreamers, of which there is estimated to be 900,000 in the same situation. Andrea graduated from UCLA against all odds and earned a degree in political science. This is her story.

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Ricardo Palavecino
Ricardo has been a cinematographer, videographer, and photographer for the past 30 years. He has a multicultural background with substantial international experience in documentaries, dramatic films, mini series, commercials, network promos and corporate videos. He has provided services to various television networks and production companies including, Reuters, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Sundance Channel, Sony Pictures, AXN Japan, TV Asahi Japan, RAI Italy, and many others.
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