Undocumented to Hyperdocumented: A Jornada of Papers, Protection, and PhD Status
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In this chapter, I situate my own positionality as a once undocumented Guatemalan immigrant. I describe my experience of hyperdocumentation—the effort to accrue awards, accolades, and eventually academic degrees to compensate for my undocumented status. In spite of my visible successes and naturalization, I discuss how I still confront the rage and intolerance of American “commonsense” beliefs about immigration. My narrative questions the pursuit of documentation as a means to legitimacy and acceptance in American society. This introduction lays the foundation for my argument and outlines the chapters to follow.
KeywordsUndocumented Status State Girl Immigration Reform And Control Act (IRCA) fearFear US Citizenship And Immigration Services (USCIS)
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