Support DREAMers Now
In support of Dreamers, Emerson Collective President Laurene Powell Jobs penned a statement on the abolition of DACA.
Read an essay from Laurene Powell Jobs in WIRED Magazine, Immigrants Fuel Innovation. Let's Not Waste Their Potential.
Dreamers are immigrants who have been raised as Americans—embedded in American communities, attending American schools, paying American taxes, and contributing to society—but currently have no path to legal status or citizenship. With the Sept. 5, 2017 termination of DACA there is no process or legislation in the American immigration system to address their predicament.
Congress has a solution on the table: the bipartisan Dream Act, which was just reintroduced in July 2017 by Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham. Other supporters include Senator Flake (R-AZ), Murkowski (R-AK), Masto (D-NV), and Harris (D-CA). If enacted, the critical legislation would provide an estimated 1.8 million young immigrants with the chance to earn citizenship—and America with the chance to fulfill its promise as a land of opportunity for everyone.
Over recent months, thousands of elected officials, former military personnel, law enforcement officers, faith leaders, and business leaders across the country have been vocal in their support of DACA and a permanent legislative solution like the Dream Act to protect Dreamers. See an Open Letter from Leaders of American Industry and We Are With Dreamers.
There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., including nearly two million immigrant youth who came to the U.S. as children. Of those two million, 800,000 were recipients of temporary protected status under DACA.
DACA's termination puts this group of Dreamers at risk of deportation—despite the fact that the average Dreamer has lived in the U.S. for 10 years. Below are links to research and reports that demonstrate the need to fight for permanent legislation that'll allow Dreamers to continue to work, live, and contribute to the country they call home. Below are a few reports that reveal what's at risk.
The Impact of DACA Repeal on Jobs, FWD.us
This study presents an estimated timeline of the devastating and far-reaching job loss consequences of DACA's repeal without a permanent replacement: An average of 1,400 jobs would be lost each business day and 30,000 jobs lost each month.
New Study of DACA Beneficiaries Shows Positive Economic and Educational Outcomes, Center for American Progress
Seventy percent of DACA beneficiaries are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 90% of survey respondents reported obtaining a driver’s license or state identification card for the first time after receiving DACA.
American Dreamer is a short video about a Texas teacher whose emotional story of hard work and resilience defines life in America for thousands of Dreamers. DACA allows Priscilla to live in America—the only home she’s ever really known—and care for her younger siblings, who are all American-born citizens.
The Dream is Now is a 30-minute documentary produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala, Waiting for Superman). The film features four Dreamers who share their hopes, ambitions, and fears surrounding their futures in this country. An exclusive, 10-minute abridged version is now available online.
Our short film highlighting the Teach for America DACA cohort highlights Teach For America’s bold and celebrated commitment to bringing undocumented teachers into classrooms across America. The video focuses on three undocumented teachers and their passion for teaching the next generation.
What About the ‘Dreamers’ Who Serve Us?, Leon Panetta, The Washington Post
If You Want to MAGA, Save DACA, The New York Times
A Politician Wants to Persecute 'Dreamers' to Distract From His Own Felony Trial, The Washington Post
Trump Should Not Repeal DACA, L. Rafael Reif, Boston Globe
American Dreamers, The New York Times
DACA: Current Status and Options, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
New Questions and Answers about DACA, National Immigration Law Center
Do you qualify to stay in the U.S.?, Immigrant Advocates Network