DACA Anniversary

A year ago, on June 15, 2012, the Obama administration instituted the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which stated that many young immigrants who came to the United States as children are legally allowed to live in the country. Though imperfect, this has allowed these young people—often referred to as DREAMers—to work and give back to their communities. On the anniversary of DACA, the ACLU looks at the impact this program has had on  eligible young people, and its impact on the Congressional debate on federal immigration reform.

For Many DACA Students, Access to Higher Education Remains A Challenge

For Many DACA Students, Access to Higher Education Remains A Challenge

By Needa Virani, Activist at 3:56pm
A Georgia student's story highlights the need for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million people who have become part of the American fabric, and aspire to become citizens, but currently have no way to attain legal status.
Standing with DREAMers – from Driver’s Licenses to Immigration Reform

Standing with DREAMers – from Driver’s Licenses to Immigration Reform

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 9:37am

One year ago, the immigrant youth movement won the most important immigrants' rights victory in recent memory: the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children—or Dreamers—the…

Not Just the Face of the Immigration Reform Movement

Not Just the Face of the Immigration Reform Movement

By Shawn Jain, Media Strategist, ACLU at 3:29pm

Every movement needs a face – someone whose story transcends traditional dividing lines and has the capacity to change hearts and minds. For immigration reform, it's not just one story, but rather the collective stories of DREAMers, undocumented…

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