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 »

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 »

Recently, the New York Times editorial board urged President-elect Donald Trump to reverse his decision to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which currently protects 750,000 DREAMers from immediate deportation. Since then, the editors have been publishing dozens of stories of young DACA-mented immigrants to explain exactly whose lives are at stake.  Today, DREAMer and America’s Voice… Continue »

A new interactive feature from the New York Times lifts up the stories of DREAMers who are facing uncertain futures following Donald Trump’s election. Among the dozens of personal accounts — readers are asked to submit and share their own as well — is Deyanira, a Texas DREAMer who was “euphoric” following the announcement of… Continue »

Yesterday’s viral #SaveDACA campaign has stretched into today, with DREAMers continuing to share more their inspirational stories with our nation’s leaders. Sen. Dick Durbin — who, along with Senate Democrats, kicked off the hashtag yesterday — briefly mentioned the campaign during a floor speech today, saying that the #SaveDACA was viewed by millions of Americans and was… Continue »

Sen. Dick Durbin continued lifting up the stories of DACA recipients, this morning sharing the successes of Asael Reyes from Chicago, Illinois. When Asael was in high school when he found out he was undocumented. Devastated, he felt he “had no future” and he dropped out of school after struggling with his grades. But his… Continue »

The fight to protect the futures and opportunities of DREAMers and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program continues to gather momentum. Yesterday, news emerged that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) is preparing legislation to address DREAMers’ status should President Trump repeal DACA on day one of his presidency, as he has pledged. SaidGraham, “The worst outcome… Continue »

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 »

During the last two weeks, two starkly different visions of America were on display at the Republican and Democratic conventions. While Donald Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot continued to attack and demean Latinos and immigrants, immigration policy reforms were featured as a top priority for Democrats. These are our favorite speeches from… Continue »

Ahead of the upcoming United States v. Texas Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, Kenia Calderon, a DACA-mented student at Drake University, reflects on the impact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has had on her life in a new piece for the Des Moines Register.   Calderon notes that, regardless of the Supreme… Continue »