Our stance

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.

Background

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. The termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) on September 5, 2017 eliminated the only stability these Dreamers had, even if temporary and imperfect. That program meant that they could get jobs, pursue their studies, and receive protection from deportation. Without it, there is no process 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 (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Other supporters include Senator Flake (R-AZ), Murkowski (R-AK), Cortez 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. Learn more about The Dream Coalition, a group of leaders who have committed to use their voices to speak up for Dreamers.

Art and activism have always gone hand in hand. French artist JR proved that to be true this fall with two meaningful installations along the Southwestern border. In this video, see photos of the large-scale projects, set to music written and recorded by musician Megan Keely. Read the story behind the Giant Picnic.

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, including nearly two million immigrant youth who came to the United States 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 United States for 10 years. The below reports demonstrate the critical need for legislation allowing Dreamers to continue to work, live, and contribute to the country they call home.

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 OutcomesCenter for American Progress
Seventy percent of DACA beneficiaries were 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.

Polling by QuinnipacPew Research, and Gallup all found that a majority of Americans support a path to citizenship or legalization for undocumented immigrants.

Tweet the "Shining City" video now: Welcoming immigrants with "the will and heart to get here" is at the core of the American spirit. #DREAMAct vimeo.com/231783786 @EmCollective

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 allowed 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.