Life, Deferred (Vida Diferida)
The Uncertainties Haunting Undocumented Youth and Their Families

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Brenda

Vida Diferida begun as a yearly, end-of-the year compilation for a non-profit working with a large population of immigrant families. I was a Heritage Spanish teacher at the middle school where Vanessa, the protagonist, attended. Each passing year, I was in charge of putting together a video ...Read more

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Anna

The fight continues for undocumented immigrants in America. Vanessa's story is a great reminder of the personal stories behind all the news and politics.

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