For Immediate Release: June 12, 2020
Contact: Michael Earls: [email protected]
TheDream.US Reflects on Eight Year Anniversary of DACA Program Announcement
Washington, DC – Eight years ago, at a White House Rose Garden ceremony, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since that day, more than 800,000 DREAMers have relied on DACA to change their lives. It strengthened not only the futures of DREAMers and their families but all of America.
The following is a statement from Candy Marshall, President of TheDream.US, reflecting on the eight year anniversary of the DACA program’s announcement:
“We have 5,000 examples of the power and life changing importance of DACA in the form of our amazing TheDream.US Scholars and Graduates. This includes the 700 TheDream.US Scholars who graduated college this 2019-20 academic year and with whom we recently celebrated a virtual commencement.
Despite the challenges and anxieties of the uncertain future of DACA and the COVID-19 pandemic – each of our graduates has demonstrated resilience, determination, and hope, while compiling a remarkable track record of achievement in and out of the classroom. They will join TheDream.US Alumni – and tens of thousands of other DREAMers – who are strengthening workplaces all across America.
As we await a DACA decision from the Supreme Court as well as the permanent legislative solution for DREAMers that is long overdue, we celebrate how – in 8 short years – DACA has brought us all closer to realizing a more equitable vision for all young people in this country, no matter where they were born.”
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 5,000 college scholarships to DREAMers at more than 70 partner colleges in 16 states and Washington, DC. We believe that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s prosperity.
Read through TheDream.US Scholar story-bank, featuring powerful personal reflections from Scholars about their lives, journeys, and future goals here