The Undocumented Truth

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It was nearly shortly after a good cup of tea,

some great sex earlier this week,

(when I couldn’t hold some inner questions

to ink deep and run through my digital paper rolls)

and a good conversation with a fellow Dreamer

when I let my inner voices run free.

It’s valiant to accept when one is confused…

and Alas, not sexually, no. But Mentally:
My inner identity as a Dreamer…

or should I say “Undocumented Youth”?

Is it the same?

The Dream Act…

The Dream Team

OC Dream Team

Dreamers adrift

Occupy Dreamers?

Dreamers align

Inland Empire Dream Team

San Gabriel Dream Team

The Department of Magical Cooperation of Undocumented youth?

And so many other I once read & scanned,

flipped the page, and got me thinking:

Which of which do I belong?

I thought of all those party crews

back on the Myspace days.

I ran for more coffee…

and among demographic privilege,

I dwelled in confusion.

Truth is, I’m really proud of the work. No Lie on that.

I’m so enthralled yet… perplexed by the commotion.

How many Dream Organizations do exist?

How do they communicate with each other?

What are they for?

So many voices are rising

but where do we go?


Not so long ago I had an awakening.

Controversial conversation:

undocumented youth, farm worker,

High school graduate.

Both parents were undocumented

and impacted by HIV.

Curiosity rimmed my insides.

And I got a little Anal…in a good way.

At the top of the movement,

2011, the Year of “The Protesters” World Wide,

expanding more actions into other states impacted,

Many Dream coalitions and affiliated organizations,

Supported, united, blasted by the media.


A bit of the bridge does not yet connect the message:

some “Undocumented Youth” would like to hear about the Dream Act.


This was the point to my counterarguments,

to which the Dream Movement,

dissects several parameters

both controversial to dreamers and advocates alike.

The California Dream Act,

undocumented student’s eligible at last!

For institutional grants

while attending,

the University of California

and California State University systems alike.

And allowing them to obtain fee waivers in the community colleges

when it comes to Undocumented Youth,


We’re not all “eligible dreamers”

Some Dreamers work in farms, factories, or fast food restaurants

not privileged of a standard household where meals are served

Transportation is provided, or education even encouraged.

I See Privileged Dreamers that went to Harvard

I see UCLA Successful stories

I hear Undocumented High School Graduates

the story is hopeful.

I wish, I could be one of them.628x471


Will the Dream Act consider me eligible…?

If I advocated enough years to be consider illegible?
Says the hard working student


The Undocumented Community Workers

The Undocumented nurses

The Undocumented Cooks

The Undocumented Electricians

And those Undocumented families

Whose well-being is impacted by their income?

And many other hopeful brilliant youth

that will not be eligible to any other Upiddy Universities

Due to survival responsibilities.

Consumed by year after year…

 Because food needs to get to the table every day.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love my mother and my father.

They were courageous enough to bring me to this land”.

I chose work, over higher education,

because I have to pay for my own living,

my rent, transportation, and food.

I have to help my parents with bills”

Higher education is possible,

but far beyond any realistic dream right now”

. – says the Coachella High School graduate student

after some tears are shed over frijoles Fritos.


We applaud those successful undocumented Graduates

we recognize those passive activists

and those extrovert protesters detained.

We must recognize the working force

and the human voice

Of the Unprivileged Undocumented Youth of the United States



That will turn 25, 28, 26,

and will not make it to the cut.

Did my mother have a dream too?

Will she ever be eligible to finish her career?

What if I get my degree at 35?

Undocumented and Unqualified?

What the fuck??

1986 was so long ago.

I wish I was a Dreamer too.


With nothing to say

I swallowed

in agreement

equally bitter,

exquisite in truth.






Alex Aldana is queer undocumented immigrant rights activist that works as a national/community organizer with a vibrant and very raw/uncensored opinion in the myriad of intersectionalities that impact the Immigrant Youth Movement (DREAMers) and brings strategy and direct action to create a new dialogue & truly bring social justice and equality within the LGBTQ/Immigrant movement. Alex migrated from Guadalajara,Mexico to the United States when he was 16 in 2003 to the beautiful dunes of the Coachella Valley. Greaduated from La Quinta high School in 2005 and not having the stability most middle families have, and experiencing dometic violence in the household,he went on with life and decided to support his mother and sister to work in the farm fields picking grapes and embracing the soil and the culture of the farm worker, construction work, and other opportunities that would help them survive. Alex’s only higher education has been deep-rooted by and for the community: Impacted by the scarce resources in the Coachella valley, he decided to get involved as health advocate for Latino LGBTQ youth, doing HIV/AIDS prevention, education and treatment through social justice, advocacy and empowerment to immigrant communities impacted and oppressed in Southern California. Alex worked as an HIV Counselor, Case Manager and Queer mentor with Bienestar Human Services providing services to Latino LGBTQ youth in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino County since 2007. At a local, state and national level , he has contributed with conferences and rallies addressing LGBTQ issues in school districts (Queer Youth Advocacy Day 2008) , marriage equality (Prop 8 campaign), Immigrant rights (May Day March 2010 Queer youth contingent) and representing HIV services for undocumented immigrants at The United States Conference on AIDS in 2011.His devoted contribution at a local level in his community was to create the first lgbtq latino group in the Coachella Valley in 2011. Aldana’s liberation by “Coming out of the shadows” was followed by an action in San Bernardino, CA in 2012 along with the Immigrant Youth Coalition, Where he was arrested protesting against “secure communities/287g” outside of city hall to empower immigrant communities that live in fear because such laws. After coming out publicly with his immigration status he joined the Campaign for an American DREAM, a walking across the country from San Francisco to DC where 5 undocumented students empowered communitites & pushed to stop the massive deportations of DREAM act elegible youth and families President Obama executed and separated in his term. He also organized the hunger strike and occupation at the Obama for America office in Denver,CO on June of the same year, asking for an executive order which replicated across the country and put pressure to issue the Deffered Action for Childhood arrivals a week after the mobilization. Recent work in Albuquerque, NM included organizing the first national encuentro for The Association of Joteria,Arts,Activism and Scholarship (AJAAS) mobilizing undocumented queer youth from the border states of California, Arizona, and Texas. He will continue to address human rights violations and justice with the intersections of his work on HIV prevention, LGBTQ issues, Education, and Immigration along with radical activist groups that cannot and will no longer remain dormant in the shadows.

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