The County of San Mateo’s Office of Community Affairs Immigrant Services will be hosting two documentary screenings throughout San Mateo County for National Welcoming Week.
As a member of Welcoming America, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that strives to work with institutions across the country to reduce barriers that immigrants face to fully participate and build bridges between communities, the County is proud to support the many diverse communities and partners who make up San Mateo County and make it more welcoming towards immigrants and all residents.
Please join us as well as share the invite with your networks! “Waking Dream” weaves together the stories of six undocumented young adults as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship, and fight for legal status in the United States. The shared backdrop of their stories is DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, signed as an Executive Order by President Barack Obama in 2012. “I Learn America” is a film that documents the International High School at Lafayette, a Brooklyn public school dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world, five teenagers strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, and create a future of their own while coming of age in a new land. Through these five vibrant young people, their stories and struggles, and their willingness to open their lives and share them with us, we “learn America.”