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Local documentary depicts 'Dreamers' concerns over DACA future

Posted at 10:28 PM, Feb 07, 2018

Time is running short for the government to figure out what to do about millions of undocumented young people, brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. 

With the March 5 deadline for Congress to reach a deal on the immigration DACA program, Omaha groups created a documentary to depict the role DACA recipients play in society. 

At a screening at the College of Saint Mary Wednesday night, the documentary 'We Are Dreamers' was shown to a packed auditorium. 

The Rose Theater and Immigrant Legal Center (formerly known as Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska) collaborated with activist Daniel Beaty and Mason to create the film. The goal was to depict the current issues DACA recipients face as their futures remain uncertain.  

Filmmaker Mele Mason said the film took two months to make. The documentary was scheduled to be released at the of February, but due to the uncertainty of DACA and the lack of progress from Congress, partners on the film project rushed to released the film. 

The Heartland Workers Center, University of Nebraska Omaha and College of Saint Mary also participated in the film. 

DACA recipients throughout the state of Nebraska were featured in the film, including UNO student Fatima Laguna-Flores, who was born in Mexico City and came to Omaha as a toddler. 

Congressman Don Bacon and Mayor Jean Stothert were also features in the film advocating for DACA recipients. 

You can check out the documentary here.