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The stories of immigration are stories of hope, strength and perseverance. Plays like Alex Alpharaoh’s WET: A DACAmented Journey are instances of necessary humanity amongst the noise of the news or political debate. However, as Alex Alpharaoh reminds us, his story is one of many across centuries and the world. Immigration stories exist across mediums, in award winning films, critically acclaimed novels, and even popular music. Here is a list of some of the most…

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  The voice of Alpharaoh, as he’s known artistically, makes meaning of the experience through hip-hop lyricism. “I’m an MC first and then I’m everything else,” he says. “The storytelling aspect of what I’m able to do now really came from hip-hop music.” – WBUR’s profile on Alex Alpharaoh After reading WBUR’s in-depth profile, we asked WET‘s Alex Alpharaoh to name the hip-hop songs that inspired him most. Hit play to listen and read Alex’s…

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  “I can walk out of this theater,” Alpharaoh said in a phone interview from Dallas, “get arrested for some bogus reason, and all they need is the quote unquote suspicion of a crime to hold me indefinitely under the Patriot Act and try to find reasons to strip me of my DACA status and then deport me.” To describe “WET” simply as an accumulation of its plot points would be to sell short its…

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  Becoming a United States citizen is a process laden with bureaucratic loopholes, stifling processes, and nearly aspect is requires a innate knowledge of the immigration system. With President Trump’s recent proclamation to revoke birthright citizenship, the path continues to narrow and become more deluded. While there are several different methods to becoming a citizen, the general process takes at least five years and includes background checks, written tests, and judgments of character. In order…

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“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door.” —Emma Lazarus For most of us, the chaos and menace in the current climate around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is invisible and unfelt. Start to engage with it and you’ll see how incomprehensible it is that this is…

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