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Dr. Yuriana Aguilar, A DACA Recipient: My Parents “See The American Dream Fulfilling In Me”

“Will America be a stronger country if we deport Luis,” Sen. Dick Durbin asked during a floor speech last week, “or if he stays here and becomes a high school teacher?” A quick watch of Sen. Durbin’s speech makes the answer crystal clear. Luis, a DACA recipient, volunteers as a tutor when he isn’t busy … Continue reading »

Voices In Nevada, Oklahoma Continue Ongoing Support For Dreamers And DACA

In ongoing support for Dreamers, University of Oklahoma President David Boren has added his name to a letter from more than 550 college and university presidents calling on US leaders to uphold and expand the DACA program. From the OU Daily: “I think we should take a compassionate stance toward those individuals who were brought … Continue reading »

New York and Seattle-Area Young Immigrants Offer Powerful Rebuke to Donald Trump’s Dark Views of Immigrants and America

While Local Leaders and Advocacy Efforts Continue to Speak Out for Pro-Immigrant Vision of America, Immigrants Themselves Offering Most Powerful Contrast to Trump Immigration Plans Local leaders and advocacy organizations continue to speak up on behalf of immigrants, offering a strong pro-immigrant vision that contrasts sharply with the stated plans and views of President-elect Donald … Continue reading »

“When I Got DACA…I Wasn’t Afraid”: Five Dreamers Share What DACA Means To Them

In a new video from the Chronicle of Higher Education, five DACA recipients share their accomplishments, hopes, and fears about the future of the program following the 2016 Presidential election. The Trinity Washington University students have all excelled in their studies following the 2012 implementation of DACA, and have dreams of continuing to create change … Continue reading »

DREAMer Juan Escalante: “Terminating DACA Isn’t Just About Immigration. We’re Talking About People’s Livelihoods.”

A new piece from Rewire’s Tina Vasquez details the introduction of new legislation from a bipartisan group of Senators which, if passed, would provide some protections to undocumented youth who are either already enrolled or qualify for DACA. Over 750,000 DACAmented youth face uncertain futures following the 2016 Presidential election. Throughout his demagogic campaign, Donald … Continue reading »

Momentum Continues to Save DACA

Last Friday’s introduction of the BRIDGE Act is yet another demonstration of support for the young people benefitting from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As Senate co-sponsor Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said, “Giving these young people an opportunity to go to college, pursue careers and give back to their communities has been tremendously beneficial to my state. … Continue reading »

Senator Durbin: “The Stories Of DREAMers Tell You Why We Need To #SaveDACA”

Sen. Dick Durbin continued his ongoing efforts to share the stories of DACA recipients, last Friday lifting up the story of Javier. Like many other DREAMers, Javier didn’t know he was undocumented until he tried to apply for financial assistance in order to attend college. Without DACA, higher education would have remained out-of-reach for Javier. Now he is … Continue reading »

America’s Voice Reacts to the Bridge Act

Today, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that he and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will introduce the Bridge Act, which if passed would provide “provisional protected status” for the undocumented youth who currently qualify for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are original co-sponsors. According to Frank Sharry, … Continue reading »

America Stands Up for DREAMers and the Immigrant Communities From Which They Come

As Inauguration Day nears, Americans across the country are voicing their support for the 750,000 DREAMers who have been able to live and work without fear because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as the broader immigrant community that is at risk of deportation under the new President-elect. Below, we … Continue reading »

Luke: DACA “Gave Me A New Faith, And Brought Out A New Me To Reject Fear”

Earlier this week, Sen. Dick Durbin shared the story of Luke, a gifted student and community leader who is currently a PhD candidate in chemistry at the University of Chicago. According to a letter Luke wrote to Sen. Durbin, “DACA did much more than shielding me from deportation and changing my immediate circumstances; it gave me a new faith, … Continue reading »