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Celebrating 12 Years of DACA – The Fight Continues

All Scholars and Alumni:

Today, June 15th marks the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is one of the most successful immigration policies in U.S. history and has made possible the education and career success of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, including thousands of you – our Scholars and Alumni.

While we celebrate the incredible impact of DACA, our urgent ask is for bi-partisan legislation that will give permanent protections for those with and without DACA or TPS.

On May 8, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaking on the urgent need to protect our community. We asked you to join us in the tough journey to fight for what we know you all deserve – an opportunity to be recognized legally as proud Americans.

You answered our call, and out of the 1,800 who signed the letter, some of you flew in from across the country this past week—even from as far as Alaska!

Our Scholars and Alumni have been hard at work in Washington D.C. for the DACA Anniversary and Dream Legislation Week of Action. We partnered with organizations like the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration to host events and make Hill visits, uplifting your stories and advocating for change.

Here are highlights from this Week of Action:

  • Monday (June 10) “From Brown to Dream: Commemorating the Fight for Inclusive Education” was a compelling panel discussion on the fundamental role the right to education has played in various civil rights movements. From Mendez v. Westminster, which set the stage for Brown v. Board of Education, to Plyler v. Doe, panelists discussed the connections between Black and Latinx roles in civil rights litigation. Our Alumna and immigration attorney, Lisa Cho was our closing speaker, check out the recording here.
  • Tuesday through Thursday (June 11-13) Bipartisan Congressional Advocacy Days – Throughout the week, Scholars and Alumni, educators, and other leaders met with bipartisan Members of Congress and their staff to discuss the critical need for a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers and DACA recipients. The advocacy meetings engage Members of Congress who have expressed an interest in reaching a bipartisan solution for Dreamers.

  • See profiles and stories here and on our Instagram of you, our TheDream.US Scholars and Alumni commemorating 12 years of DACA.

We are building this movement together. I encourage all of you—those with DACA or TPS and those without—to spread the news about the anniversary, share your stories of success and aspirations, and highlight the importance of continuing the fight for our community.

Use #TheDreamUS #DACA12 and #DefendDACA and tag TheDream.US social channels: Instagram: @thedream_us, Facebook: thedream.us, LinkedIn: thedream.us.

Today, we celebrate. On Monday, we will continue. Next week, we will keep sharing updates, events, and new data.

We are in this together,

Gaby, Hyein, and all of us at TheDream.US