S.B. arrived at age 12.
"I play basketball. My favorite team is OKC. I like how Russell Westbrook makes his dunks."
Sol arrived at age 14.
"I came by bus, car and boat. I was in a truck and there was not much air, and I could not breathe... The best part of living here is learning English, and also being with my mom and my brother."
C.A. arrived at age 12.
"Tenia miedo. Ahora, estoy contento. Todo esta bien. I am in fifth grade." (Children whose legal cases were unresolved at the time the image was made may be wearing reflective privacy masks.)
Emily arrived at age 8.
"My life? Nervous, scary, safety, beautiful, excited! I want to be a doctor so that if people are sick I can give medicine, and a teacher so that I can teach kids that they can be somebody in the future."
Little and Junior arrived at ages 12 and 15. (Children whose le
"I like to ride my bike and to build things. Our red bracelets are for good luck and protection," Little. (Children whose legal cases were unresolved at the time the image was made may be wearing reflective privacy masks.)
Sofia arrived at age 11.
"Schools here are very safe, we even have fire drills! I want to be an architect because I like design and math is my favorite subject."
Steven arrived at age 9.
"I want to make the soccer team. I also want to be a doctor because I can save people."
Brandon arrived at age 6.
"Peter Rabbit is my favorite movie. I am glad to be with my mom."
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Let It Be The Dream It Used To Be
Over 82,000 children currently face complex deportation proceedings without counsel, a number that has doubled in the last six months. Most come from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, countries with the highest murder rates in the world.
In immigration court, the Department of Homeland Security is represented by highly trained lawyers who will argue for the children’s removal. Without an attorney, children have less than a 10% chance of avoiding deportation. With counsel, their chance is 86%. When deportation may be a death sentence, a pro bono attorney can be a lifeline.
Let It Be The Dream It Used To Be documents children who arrived alone in the United States seeking refuge. The title references Langston Hughes’ 1935 poem, Let America Be America Again, challenging our conception of the American Dream. The project depicts children who, with the help of an extraordinary network of pro bono attorneys, fought for their right to stay here and won. It also includes documentation of work that the children made themselves.