"Papers" is the story of undocumented youth and the challenges
they face as they turn 18 without legal status.
There are approximately 2 million undocumented children who were born outside
the U.S. and raised in this country. These are young people who were educated
in American schools, hold American values, know only the U.S. as home and
who, upon high school graduation, find the door to their future slammed shut.
65,000 undocumented students graduate every year from high school
It is against the law to work or drive. It is difficult, if not impossible in
some states, to attend college. They live at risk of arrest, detention and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these
Graham Street Productions produced this film in association with El Grupo Juvenil (the "Papers" Youth Crew). These youth producers were actively involved in all aspects of the production. They have worked in collaboration with immigrant youth around the country who want to tell their stories and change immigration policy.