Alexis Torres Machado (a.k.a. ATM) the author of the song “For My Immigrants,” is an undocumented immigrant from Uruguay. He is currently a DACA recipient and is a theater major and senior at Rutgers University-Newark. He found out he was undocumented at a very young age, like most children. He worked in collaboration with Newest Americans, who knew the song “ha[d] the potential to become an anthem for undocumented youth across the country,” as stated on their website.
The music video rallied friends and family of ATM to be in the video with him. They include Marisol Conde-Hernandez, a Rutgers School of Law graduate and first undocumented female attorney in NJ, and Esder Chong, a Rutgers-Newark undergraduate and founder of RU Dreamers.
ATM created the song in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency. He wanted to depict what being an immigrant really meant and advocate for his community. He hoped to debunk what he heard in the news because it did not reflect the people he knew or his very own experience.
To read more about the story behind “For My Immigrants,” click the following link: http://newestamericans.com/for-my-immigrants/.