Illegal Immigration in America: "Out of the Shadows," An ABC News Special Series

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Stories in the Series

'No Papers': Family Outed to Mrs. Obama Still Mortified, August 6, 2010

Illegal Immigrants Defy Odds in Ivy League, August 5, 2010

Police Immigration Checks in Virginia, Other States Spark Debate Among Families, August 4, 2010

DUI to Deportation: An Immigrant Student's 'One Mistake', August 3, 2010

Immigrant Couples Face Scrutiny in Bid to Root Out Sham Marriages, August 2, 2010

Korean Family Crosses U.S.-Canadian Border to Skirt Visa Backlog, July 30, 2010

Smuggled by 'Coyotes': An Immigrant's Journey to Arizona, July 29, 2010

Sex Trafficking Case Puts Focus on Illegal Immigrants and Crime, July 28, 2010

Gay Immigrant Bids for Asylum, Faces Return to Iran , July 27, 2010

Nigerian Family of Disabled Girl Finds Refuge Illegally in U.S. , July 26, 2010


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Maryland Second Grader Outs Undocumented Immigrant Mother to Michelle Obama

ABC News' Devin Dwyer Talks About 'Out of the Shadows' Series

ABC News' Devin Dwyer on Story of Georgia Teen Smuggled into U.S.

ABC News' Devin Dwyer on Journey of U.S. Olympian Simon Cho


About the Series

"Out of the Shadows" speaks to ten undocumented immigrants and families at the center of the U.S. immigration debate, examining who they are, why they came to the U.S. and what their lives here mean for America's future.

An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants live discretely in the shadows of our society -- from landscapers to cleaning ladies, to artisans, college students and young parents.

Across all 50 states, these migrants from more than a dozen countries blend in among a diverse U.S. population, building lives and families, often carefully guarding their secret from prying eyes. "Out of the Shadows" illustrates the constant struggle of these individuals and their impact on America.

"Out of the Shadows" is reported and produced by ABC News' Devin Dwyer.

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