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Dream Act and Immigrant Youth

DREAMers Share Their Success Stories In Viral #SaveDACA Campaign

DREAMers shared their DACA stories in a hugely successful social media campaign that trended nationally on Twitter throughout the day. #SaveDACA, kicked off by Sen. Dick Durbin and Senate Democrats, encouraged DACA recipients to share their personal stories and why DACA is so vital to their futures. Elected officials, community leaders and organizations, and other allies joined … Continue reading »

VIDEO: Sen. Durbin Shares The DACA Stories Of Two DREAMers

Earlier this week, Sen. Dick Durbin spoke on the Senate floor about Father Rey Piñeda, a DACA recipient and Catholic priest. Like Father Piñeda, the futures of Yuri and Valentina depend on the future of DACA, which could be undone on Day One of a Donald Trump Presidency. Earlier today, Sen. Durbin shared Yuri and Valentina’s stories, their contributions to … Continue reading »

“An Opportunity to Give Back to this Country That Has Given Me So Much”

50 Days Out from Day One of Trump Presidency, More Reminders Why DACA Program for DREAMers Benefits America In a spate of Senate floor speeches, longtime immigration reform champion Senator Dick Durbin has been describing the lives of individual DREAMers and reminding listeners that revoking their DACA-related work permits and protection from deportation would not … Continue reading »

Columbia University To Provide Support, Including Financial Assistance, To Undocumented Students

Columbia University is now among the universities and colleges pledging to adopt measures that would protect undocumented students during Donald Trump’s Presidency. From The Hill: Provost John Coatsworth said in an email sent to students and teachers Monday that the university would not let immigration officials onto its campus without a warrant or provide the … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Oklahoma City Mom, DACA Recipient Calls On Donald Trump to Walk in Her Shoes for One Day

In the face of Donald Trump’s pledge to end the DACA program on day one of his presidency, DREAMers have been speaking out to highlight how DACA has transformed their lives, futures, and communities. Yesterday we highlighted an array of DREAMers’ powerful testimonials about DACA, pulled from a range of national media stories. Today, a new CNN story by Rosa … Continue reading »

Will Trump Revoke DACA on Day One? Listen to DREAMers’ Testimonials About How DACA Strengthens America

DREAMers Share Powerful Stories About How DACA Has Transformed Their Lives One of the first tests of Donald Trump’s presidency will be over the futures and livelihoods of the 750,000 DREAMers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Trump’s pledge to end DACA on day one of his presidency is running headlong into the … Continue reading »

Universities And Colleges Are Mobilizing To Protect Undocumented Students

Mayors and local leaders aren’t the only ones mobilizing to protect undocumented immigrants in the face of an upcoming Donald Trump Presidency. Across the nation, immigration advocates and allies are rallying and calling on colleges and universities to adopt measures that would protect undocumented students and others. In California, the nation’s largest four-year public university system … Continue reading »

Sen. Dick Durbin: “I’m Gonna Fight” For Oscar And DREAMers Like Him

In a floor speech and a series of tweets, Sen. Dick Durbin shared the story of Oscar Cornejo, one of the over 700,000 DREAMers whose futures in the US depend on DACA. Oscar came to the US from Mexico as a five-year-old child. Not only did he grow up to become the first person in his … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Trump Presidency Breeds Uncertainty for 750,000

Dara Lind Writes of the Anxiety DACA Recipients Are Experiencing as a Trump Presidency Looms Few communities can bear witness to the uncertainty and vulnerability that a Trump Presidency brings like the DACA-mented community. The DACA program, instituted under Obama, provides deportation protection and work permits to 750,000 individuals who entered the US as children … Continue reading »

DREAMers Use #WithDACA To Show How Obama Program Has Transformed Their Lives

As we noted earlier today, the future of DACA will be one of the first tests of a Donald Trump Administration. More than 750,000 DREAMers depend on this program to run their businesses, go to school, and live with some peace of mind in the only place they call home. “If the DACA program is … Continue reading »