For Immediate Release: August 31, 2018
Contact: Nicky Vogt at [email protected]
TheDream.US Response to Judge Andrew Hanen’s DACA Ruling
Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Candy Marshall, President of TheDream.US, regarding United State District Judge Andrew S. Hanen’s ruling today regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
As an organization, we have witnessed firsthand the innumerable contributions and achievements of DREAMers, when they are empowered with stability, work permits, and access to higher education. This spring, hundreds of our Scholars graduated with diplomas in hand, dreams intact, and having compiled a stellar record of scholastic achievement, campus and community contributions. They are ready to join our workforce, pay taxes, and contribute further to our nation. Will we let them? Or will we stand in the way?
Today’s convoluted ruling out of Texas underscores why all of us should strengthen our commitment to help these young people give back to the country they call home, while we await congressional action.
While we continue to call on Congress to resolve DREAMers’ uncertainty, federal policymakers are not the only ones who can step up. State lawmakers, employers, and institutions of higher education each can help fill the void of federal inaction by exploring new ways – including in-state tuition, scholarships, driver’s licenses, and work licensure requirements for certain professions – to help DREAMers solidify their, and our country’s, future. It’s on all of us to ensure DREAMers’ safety and stability to secure our nation’s future
TheDream.US, which has provided more than 4,000 scholarships to students with DACA and TPS at more than 75 partner colleges in 15 states and Washington, DC, believes that all young people, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, gain an education, and fully participate in the country that they call home. To date, the organization has committed more than $140 million in scholarship money for DREAMers.