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Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant

Tue Jun 10 19:00:00 2014

Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant

  The Museum is pleased to welcome José Ángel N., who will present a program about his life as an undocumented immigrant and the constraints, deceptions, and humiliations that characterize alien life “amid the shadows.” The program will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom on Tuesday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibit ¡Fiesta! A Celebration of Mexican Popular Arts. 
  N.’s story is about the triumph of education over adversity.  He arrived in the United States in the 1990s with a ninth grade education.  He traveled to Chicago where he found access to ESL classes and GED classes.  He eventually attended college and graduate school and became a professional translator.  Despite having a well-paying job, N. was isolated by a lack of official legal documentation.  A frustrating contradiction, N. lived in a luxury high-rise condo but couldn’t fully live the American dream.  He did, however, find solace in the one gift America gave him—his education.  His program will also discuss (and debunk) the stereotype that undocumented immigrants are freeloaders without access to education or opportunity for advancement. 
  José Ángel N. is an undocumented immigrant. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.
  Copies of his book, Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant, will be available for purchase immediately following the program.
  For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department via email at education@mchistory.org or by telephone 309-827-0428.  Free parking will be available at the Lincoln Parking Deck located one block south of the Museum on Front Street.  This program is made possible by support from COUNTRY Financial.

Exhibit-related Program

Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant