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Handful: Immigration System and Minors Poetry

handful: For a select few, there is hope, according to Vancouver Courier. For a handful of immigrants who came to the U.S. from Central America many as unaccompanied minors poetry has given them a chance to tell the world both about their journeys north and through the byzantine immigration system.article continues below Trending Stories No hormones, no plastic straws and now no meat A&W goes beyond' burgers Bank on road closures in Vancouver for June 24 half marathon Vancouver massage therapist charged with sexual assault Why Vision Vancouver's Andrea Reimer doesn't aspire to be mayor A lot happens in life, most of it sad, an occasional happiness, and sometimes you have no choice but to play the clown and laugh on the outside, even though inside we feel less than failures, wrote one of them in a poem titled The Future. Some cling to pleasant memories from home. The collection of poems in Dreaming America, published last year, was assembled by a Washington and Lee University professor and students who visited the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton, Virginia, lockup and helped the young immigrants put pencil to paper, giving voice to a largely unheard population at the centre of an increasingly heated U.S. policy debate. Their claims were included in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in October. The Associated Press reported Thursday that immigrants as young as 14 at the centre said they were beaten, locked away in solitary confinement for long periods of time and left alone naked in cold cells. ( As reported in the news.