Graham Street Productions is now in production on a full-length documentary entitled "Papers," a story about undocumented youth and the choices they must make as they become adults without legal status.
In "Papers" you will hear stories from young people whose parents took great risks to give their children a better life. Some of these young men and women arrived in the U.S. at nine months old, others at three or six years old. They are young people who were educated in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home, and who, by virtue of turning 18, will become criminals.
It's a moving story about coming of age, a human eye on the current immigration debate and a look at how the long-time custom of scape-goating continues to haunt America.
One creation, a three minute preview, entitled "18," was created by Jose Luis Juarez Perez, age 17 and the artist Droopy, age 18.The story is about youth who were born in Mexico and raised in the United States. America is their home. Their parents are America's "illegal immigrants." As children they have immunity. At 18, they become "illegal." Coming of age should be a celebration. Not a criminal act. If you like this video and want to support the "Papers" project, go to this video on YouTube by clicking here and give it 5 stars.