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Jairo Javier Morales

Jairo Javier Morales wore this cap and stole when he graduated from Ripon College in Wisconsin. As a child, he and his family moved from Mexico to Chicago, Illinois, as undocumented immigrants. The Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed Jaime to work and attend college without fear of deportation. However, currently there is no pathway to citizenship available for him. Morales is one of over three million Dreamers: undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.  

Color photo of graduation regalia with cap, stole and monarch butterfly wings.
2019. National Museum of American History 
2019. National Museum of American History 

Jonathan Jayes Green: Fighting to Belong

Jonathan Jayes Green immigrated with his family from Panama to the United States. He is an undocumented activist and co-creator of UndocuBlack Network, a support network for undocumented Black people. 

My family moved to the United States when I was 13 and like a lot of immigrant kids, I think I had lots of hopes about our new life here in the United States, both really excited about the opportunities to go to school, but also a little bit nervous about what this new life with this new language and new country, a new home, would mean for me.   Shortly after we moved to the United States, my family and I became undocumented. So, the majority of my time that I've been here in the United States, my family and I have been trying to get legal status and I think, in some ways, fighting to belong in this country we call home.

Jonathan Jayes Green, Undocumented activist and co-founder of UndocuBlack Network 

Illustration of a woman surrounded by butterflies with text reading, “My Dreams Are Not Illegal.”
My Dreams Are Not Illegal. Yocelyn Riojas, 2017 
My Dreams Are Not Illegal. Yocelyn Riojas, 2017 

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