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Dream Act and Immigrant Youth

Youngest DREAMers Need Not Apply: The Other Troubling Part of Marco Rubio’s DACA Comments

Lynn Tramonte: “Senator Rubio has Sunk to a New Low; Pro-Immigration Voters Will Certainly Remember” A number of leading observers reported on the significance of Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s statement yesterday that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as President, regardless of whether Congress has passed immigration legislation.  As Suzanne Gamboa reported for NBC … Continue reading »

New United We Dream Survey Shows Huge Positive Impacts In Daily Lives Of DACA Recipients

A new United We Dream survey of more than 1,750 DACA recipients showcases how the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program has led to drastic improvements in the daily lives of undocumented youth. The United We Dream survey — one of the largest of its kind to date — shows “that DACA recipients have made … Continue reading »

Pennsylvania DREAM Act Could Finally Make In-State Tuition A Reality For Undocumented Students

Undocumented students across Pennsylvania might have a chance of benefiting from in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. State Senator Lloyd Smucker  (R – 13 District) is the main sponsor of SB 760, otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Dream Act, a bill that would grant in-state tuition for undocumented students. In a recent statement, Senator … Continue reading »

Thousands Send Messages Of Support To Ricardo, The DREAMer Who Shared His Story About Working In A Trump Hotel

Last week we introduced you to Ricardo Aca, the young DREAMer and DACA beneficiary who works at a restaurant in one of Donald Trump’s hotels in New York City. As Republicans continue to discuss their extreme stances on immigration and what to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country, Ricardo’s story serves … Continue reading »

“Every Dreamer Has A Story”: Meet DREAM Iowa, The Immigration Leaders Who Call The State Home

Some may not immediately connect Iowa and immigration, but 37,000 undocumented immigrants call the state their home, and contribute tens of millions of dollars every year in local and state taxes. According to 2013 Des Moines Register polling, 77% of Iowans support immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented … Continue reading »

Trump Wants To Deport DACA Recipients Like Ricardo. Do Other GOP Candidates Agree?

We know where Donald Trump stands when it comes to Ricardo, a 24-year-old DACA-mented man who works at a restaurant in Manhattan’s Trump SoHo. Speaking of Ricardo, Trump told The New York Times, “He’s got a legal work permit. I’ve heard he does a good job.” But, Trump’s policy positions make one thing very clear: … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New York Times Profiles Undocumented Trump Hotel Worker in Real Life “David vs. Goliath” Story

Why a Hard Working DACAmented Youth is Risking Everything to Stand Up to a Billionaire Bully As the negative coverage surrounding Donald Trump’s inflammatory immigration policy paper continues to spill out, Liz Robbins of the New York Times lifts up a critical, yet missing, voice in the current debate. Meet Ricardo Aca.  Ricardo is an undocumented immigrant who works … Continue reading »

Is Massachusetts The Next State To Pass In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students?

Guest blogger Rodrigo Huertas is a member of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Student Immigrant Movement. I moved from Guatemala to the United States on July 13th, 2010. This means that by Wednesday I will have officially lived in this country for five years. On that same day, July 15th, 2015, the Student Immigrant Movement … Continue reading »

Immigration Leaders Talk Undocumented Students And Higher Education In Second “Dignity Days” Chat

Last week, leaders from UWD, NILC, the Domestic Workers Alliance, DRM Action, PHDreamers, Harvard University, and Colorado State University joined our second “Dignity Days” event to discuss undocumented students pursuing higher education. As Juan Escalante notes, with the successful implementation of DACA, and in-state tuition and financial aid victories in states like Texas, Florida, Connecticut, … Continue reading »