problems of undocumented youth

Problems of Undocumented Youth: Gema

As many of you know, there’s a Miss Teen America pageant, but it’s not a beauty pageant. It’s all about personality, skills, special talents, academics, communication skills, and human relations. 

I received a letter today, as many of my peers, saying that since my I’m an over achiever when it comes to academics, that I am eligible. It also said that the winner gets a $20,000 scholarship, and I was getting pretty excited by now. I really wanted to do this.

As I was looking through the requirements, it said only U.S. residents are allowed to participate.

I am so bummed, bro. Academics are like my specialty, and one of the few opportunities I get, I’m turned down because of my undocumented status.

To top it all off, my mom says, “You’re not from here. What do you expect? If you were in Mexico, this wouldn’t be happening.”

Yeah, well, don’t blame me for trying to seek opportunities in the country I was raised in. 



The purpose of this blog is to bring to light some of the issues that youth who are undocumented face. A little background information about the Dream Act:

- IT IS NOT AMNESTY. The bill would only benefit people who came at a VERY young age, have NO CRIMINAL RECORDS, graduated high school, and would either join the army or get a college degree.

- The DREAM act would benefit students who are currently undocumented in the United States of America.

These youth grew up feeling and being American, but by reasons beyond their control, they grew up in a country that does not recognize them as members of their citizenry. Often, these youth do not speak the language spoken at their country of origin and have no connection to their country of origin.

With this blog, we hope to create a place where we can educate people around us about the issues these youth face every day.

If you know someone who is undocumented, feel free to share with them this blog. If you are undocumented, let us know what issues you’re facing via the submit and we’ll get those posted!

We hope to see this blog become a conversation starters with your friends and family about what youth are facing as well as a resource for youth who are facing these issues. The first problem has been posted! Reblogging and favoriting is always great!

Thanks & A Small Update

We want to thank all of you who have and continue to contribute to this blog. We encourage you to continue sharing and liking not just for you and your friends who might be undocumented but for anyone who can be counted on as an ally. Education is power and your contributions to this blog are helping educate people who have a vague idea of what it’s like to be a young undocumented person in this country.

As of right now we’ve been trying to post two problems a day at various times. I’ll try and keep that going.

Lastly, we want to commend the courage of every single person that’s followed, reblogged, and liked anything posted on this blog. I’ve already seen plenty of hate aimed at this blog and obviously, by adding a note to a post, each individual has taken a great risk. (Remember to use that block button if needed!) Thank you and hold onto that courage!

~ POUY Staff