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Nevada Dreamer Astrid Silva to Headline Democratic National Convention

Speaker Lineup Showcases Diverse, Unified Party Following a Republican National Convention that is sure to further outline Donald Trump’s divisive and dangerous vision for America, the newly released speaker lineup for the Democratic National Convention, promises to strike a markedly different tone. On the first night, themed “United Together”, Nevada DREAMer and Organizing Director of … Continue reading »

New E4FC Project Funding Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs Kicks Off Today

A new fund aimed at providing financial support for entrepreneurial projects led by undocumented young people is kicking off the ground today. Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) has launched FUSE, a fund for undocumented social entrepreneurs, “an initiative to foster and provide financial support for the entrepreneurial projects of undocumented young people working to create … Continue reading »

This Letter Jorge Ramos Penned To DREAMers Is Exactly What We Need To Read Right Now

Jorge Ramos: “Be bold. Don’t sit down. Don’t shut up. Don’t be a victim; change the rules of the game. And don’t go anywhere else. This is where you belong.” Yes, our community is hurting from the Supreme Court’s indecision yesterday on United States v. Texas. But we also know we are more determined than … Continue reading »

Inspired By High School Valedictorian’s Bravery, Salutatorian Also Comes Out As Undocumented

High school valedictorian Mayte Lara’s brave decision to reveal her immigration status is inspiring other students to come out as undocumented as well. In a new video from the Austin-American Statesman, the DACA recipient says she never expected her tweet announcing her immigration status to make national headlines, or result in a flood of both praise … Continue reading »

ICYMI: On Anniversary of DACA, Juan Escalante Reflects On Life-Changing Effects of Program, What More Can Be Done

“As I heard President Obama speak in the Rose Garden, I knew that I could still fight, that my voice still mattered, that immigration reform was still possible.” Today marks the four year anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). As similar programs—expanded DACA and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and … Continue reading »

“Because Of DACA I Am Here”: Mi Familia Vota Celebrates Immigrant And Latino Grads

Millions of Latino and undocumented immigrant youth from around the nation are graduating from school and taking their first steps into the professional world. Mi Familia Vota is honoring six of them in a new post highlighting their stories of perseverance, grit, and success. One of the youth highlighted, Ahtziria Barrera, is a graduate of … Continue reading »

Brave Valedictorian Comes Out As Undocumented During Graduation Speech — And Gets A Standing Ovation

There’s bravery — and then there’s moments like these. Valedictorian Larissa Martinez had no idea how the hundreds sitting in the audience would react to what she was about to announce in her graduation speech, but she knew the time had come to be true to herself. “I’m not going to stand here and give … Continue reading »

In NY, DACA Recipients Win Teaching Licenses; In CA, 170,000 Undocumented Kids Win Health Care Coverage

Two huge victories this week are poised to dramatically change the lives of thousands of undocumented immigrants in New York and California. In New York, the state Board of Regents rejected opposition from Republicans and approved plans to allow DACA recipients to apply for teaching certification, medical-related licenses, and over 50 other professional licenses. “These … Continue reading »

Nebraska Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto: DREAMers Win Professional Licenses

More than 100 Nebraska DREAMers broke into cheers yesterday as the state legislature overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts veto of a bill that would allow DACA recipients to apply for professional licenses. 30 votes were needed to override Ricketts — undocumented youth won 31 in the end. Though the legislation had the support of business, religious … Continue reading »

Nebraska DACA Recipients A Step Closer To Winning Professional Licenses

DACA recipients in the red state of Nebraska are a step closer to being able to work as teachers, nurses, and doctors. Yesterday, the unicameral legislature passed a measure 33-11 allowing DREAMers to apply for professional licenses that would let them work in more than 170 professions, “from electricians and pharmacists to tattoo artists and … Continue reading »