For Immediate Release: November 15, 2022
Contact: Michael Earls at [email protected]
TheDream.US Celebrates Arizona Prop 308 Passage – the Latest Reminder of Bipartisan Support for Dreamers
Washington, DC – TheDream.US joins Arizona Dreamers, campaign organizers, and a bipartisan array of supporters in celebrating the passage of Arizona Proposition 308 – a state ballot initiative that will expand higher education opportunities by allowing Arizona Dreamers who graduate state public high schools to access in-state tuition rates at state public colleges and universities.
The following is a statement from Gaby Pacheco, Director of Advocacy, Communications, and Development of TheDream.US:
“We are overjoyed to celebrate the passage of Arizona’s Prop 308 and we thank those who spoke out, stepped up, and voted to support the future of Arizona’s Dreamers and the state’s economy.
TheDream.US has provided over 570 scholarships to Arizona Dreamers and we are proud to see many of our Scholars, Alums, and Arizona Partner Colleges play such a pivotal role in the Prop 308 victory. With the passage of Prop 308, we will be able to support more Arizona Dreamers in their quest for a college education and a meaningful career. Our 2023-24 application round is now open and we encourage Arizona students to apply. (learn more and on how to apply here).
The Arizona ballot initiative’s passage is the latest reminder, as seen in a number of recent polls, that there is strong bipartisan support for Dreamers and a strong consensus that Congress should deliver a bipartisan legislative fix resolving Dreamers’ status before the end of this year and the potential end of the DACA program.
Arizona joins 22 states and Washington, DC in supporting in-state tuition for Dreamers. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers are already employed as teachers, nurses, business owners, and Fortune 50 employees in Arizona and across America. It would be self-defeating for our country if – faced with the end of DACA and its work permits – Congress was unable or unwilling to deliver a legislative fix to ensure that these students and employees could continue to put their degrees to work to strengthen Arizona and the nation.”
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for undocumented immigrant students, having provided more than 8,750 college scholarships to Dreamers attending over 80 partner colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC. We believe everyone, regardless of where they were born, should have equitable access to a college education, a meaningful career, and opportunities to contribute to the communities they call home. For more information on TheDream.US, visit www.thedream.us